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News Release / July 21, 2008 / Project number: NR-08.045

OTTAWA –Lieutenant Colonel Bruce MacGregor, the Canadian Forces acting Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP), has preferred charges of Manslaughter, Criminal Negligence Causing Death and Negligently Performing a Military Duty against Corporal Matthew Wilcox in the shooting death of Corporal Ronald Kevin Megeney.

On March 6, 2007, while deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl Megeney was killed in a shooting incident. On October 25, 2007, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) brought charges against Cpl Wilcox. These charges were then referred to the DMP by the chain of command on December 13, 2007.

The charges of Manslaughter, contrary to Section 236(a) of the Criminal Code and the charge of Criminal Negligence Causing Death, contrary to Section 220(a) of the Criminal Code, are incorporated from Section 130 of the National Defence Act. The charge of Negligent Performance of Duty is contrary to Section 124 of the National Defence Act.

Military prosecutors consider two main issues when deciding whether to prosecute a charge at court martial: whether the evidence is sufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction and whether the public interest requires a prosecution be pursued. They continually reassess these issues as new information about the case becomes available.

The charges were forwarded to the Court Martial Administrator who will convene a General Court Martial at the first available date.

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Notes to editors: The DMP policy on post charge screening is at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/jag/military_justice/cmps/policy_and_directives/policy3_e.asp.

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