Preliminary inquiry begins today in Chris Ball case

The inquiry will take place this morning in Fort St. John at 9:30 a.m., as Willy Metcalfe, charged with assault causing bodily harm, and Joel Marchand, also charged with manslaughter, have both elected to a trial by judge and jury.

The preliminary inquiry will be held today and tomorrow to determine if there is enough evidence to hold a trial for Metcalfe. His lawyer, Russ Chamberlain, says he'll be looking to identify exactly what his client is accused of doing, as well as the issue of self-defence. Metcalfe was also recently diagnosed with cancer, but with his most recent round of chemotherapy scheduled to be done by the end of the month, he's expected to be able to appear in court.

Marchand is already committed to trial.
The victim in this case, Chris Ball, suffered extreme brain damage when he was beaten on the corner of 100th and 100th at 2:43 a.m. on July 22. He later died when he was taken off life support on August 2.