Man facing criminal negligence causing death charge to get legal aid lawyer in new year

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A man suspected of hitting and killing his girlfriend while driving drunk at Airport Heights in St. John’s will have to wait until January to get a lawyer.

William Conway is escorted out of Courtroom No. 7 in provincial court in St. John’s and back to the holding cells in this Telegram file photo.

That's because a Legal Aid lawyer has yet to be assigned to William Conway's case.  

When Conway appeared in provincial court via video link from Her Majesty's Penitentiary, legal aid lawyer Tim O'Brien told Judge David Orr that a lawyer should be assigned to the case by the new year.

Conway indicated to the court he was anxious to get the case moving.

O'Brien and Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers agreed to postpone the case to Jan. 10.

Conway is accused of killing 57-year-old Veronica Lewis on Firdale Drive in Airport Heights on Oct. 24.

The victim, who is referred to as Veronica Lewis in court documents, is known to her family as Veronica Doyle.

Lewis — who was reportedly Conway's girlfriend — was found on the road in Airport Heights that morning at around 1:20 a.m.

Conway is charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, operation of a motor vehicle while having a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing death, failure to remain at the scene of an accident (hit and run), and breaching court orders.

When Conway was first brought to court following the incident, he told reporters he didn't mean to do it.

 

 

Organizations: Airport Heights

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