Court appearances scheduled for residents charged in death of Lucas Shortreed

GUELPH – Two Wellington North residents charged last year in connection with the 2008 hit-and-run death of Lucas Shortreed are expected to appear in person before Guelph court next month.

On Oct. 10, 2008, Shortreed was walking east on the shoulder of Wellington Road 17 around midnight after leaving an Alma party when he was struck by a car that fled the scene. Shortreed was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Nearly 14 years later, in September 2022, police charged residents David Alexander Halliburton and Anastasia Marie Halliburton in connection with Shortreed’s death.

David Alexander Halliburton and Anastasia Marie Halliburton are charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of Lucas Shortreed. (Facebook image)

David, 56, is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily harm or death, and Anastasia, 54, is charged with accessory after the fact (to commit an indictable offence).

Both have also been charged by police with obstructing justice, having knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon, and careless storage of a weapon, prohibited device or ammunition. None of the charges have been tested in court and both are presumed innocent.

Defence lawyers Eric Uhlmann and Ranney Hintsa spoke on behalf of their clients in case management court on Aug. 8.

The Halliburtons are expected to appear before court to enter pleas to the charges against them on Sept. 26.

However, much could change between now and then as court schedules are routinely adjusted.