Kelsey Leanne Pynch will stand trial in May on charges of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of trafficking a substance believed to be methadone. Pynch appeared in Kentville Provincial Court Jan. 21.
Defence lawyer Don Fraser waived reading of the charges, elected trial by provincial court judge and entered not guilty pleas on his client's behalf.
A pre-trial conference has been set for Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. and the trial will begin May 1 and 2. Crown Robert Morrison said the trial is expected to take three or four days. Further dates will be discussed at the pre-trial. Bill Ferguson is scheduled to serve as the Crown for the trial.
Pynch, 21, Nicholsville, is charged in connection with the death of Katanna MacDonald.
MacDonald, 20, died June 21, 2012 after allegedly consuming methadone. The drug trafficking charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in Middleton June 16 and Aylesford June 18, 2012.
Pynch is charged also with shoplifting and failing to attend court. She is being represented on these matters by public defender Ken Greer. These matters have been adjourned to Feb. 4 for election and plea. The shoplifting incident is alleged to have occurred June 22, 2012 and Pynch allegedly failed to attend court as directed Oct. 1, 2012.