Man charged in police standoff pleads not guilty; proceeding without lawyer
Leo Crockwell — File photo
Leo Crockwell pleaded not guilty to charges against him in relation to a December 2010 incident in which he barricaded himself inside his mother’s Bay Bulls home with firearms.
He was arrested following a weeklong standoff with police.
Crockwell entered his plea during his arraignment in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Thursday.
He also elected to be tried by a judge and jury. The jury selection will begin Jan. 27. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 2.
During his last appearance, Justice Richard LeBlanc ordered whatever information the Crown had in Crockwell’s case be delivered to the accused at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP), where Crockwell has been in custody since his arrest.
The case has been held up several times, mainly because of Crockwell’s issues with lawyers. He still doesn’t have a defence lawyer.
Outside court, his brother told media the family is concerned.
“I think it is a sad situation what is going on,” Bill Crockwell said.
“He did have a lawyer and the lawyer was excused, and now he has no one.”
Crockwell faces eight charges, including several firearm charges, in connection with the incident. Charges of attempted murder laid following the incident were previously withdrawn by the Crown.