Man accused of manslaughter for punching death pleads not guilty

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On Wednesday afternoon, a local man charged with manslaughter has pleaded not guilty in the death of 29-year-old Travis Waite.

Crown prosecutor Joseph Temple said a date for the trial to begin will be set by December 9th of this year.

On May 18th, Emergency health services responded to a report of an injured man.

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27-year-old Cody Kenneth McDonell allegedly punched Waite, who was first taken to the Fort St. John hospital, but then was transported to a hospital in Vancouver.

He died of his head injuries on May 30th. McDonell was then charged with manslaughter on June 15th.

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