The trio charged with trying to kill Mounties and civilians during a wild shootout could spend four months in a courtroom.
Michael Edward Ellis, Shawn Adam Wysynski and Ashlee Collins are scheduled for a
12-week trial without a jury in early September. They'll undergo a one-week voir dire - a hearing to determine the admissibility of evidence - in May and a four-week voir dire starting in June.
RCMP allege a West Kelowna Mountie tried to stop a suspicious Dodge van on Boucherie Road on July 31, 2012. A gunman may have shot out the van's back window as he aimed at the police car.
Two men and a woman fled north in the van and turned onto Westside Road. The trio stopped and allegedly tried to smash the window of a car occupied by a man and his son, ordering them to get out..
The man refused and the suspects continued heading north. Police believe they car-jacked a Dodge pickup and later a Chevy pickup. The culprits allegedly tried to run a patrol vehicle off the road from behind and fired at the officer driving it.
Cpl. Richard Gingras, a dog master in Vernon, had driven south on Westside Road to cut them off. Instead, he had to outrun them as he sped north to get away.
Other officers raced to catch up. Senior Mounties authorized them to open fire at the stolen pickup. One officer fired his weapon at the vehicle as he followed behind.
RCMP near Vernon put down spike belts, which flattened two of the tires. The gunmen continued driving on bare rims until they abandoned the truck and ran toward Swan Lake.
Officers nabbed them nearby. Collins, now 20, was shot in the back while in the truck. She spent seven weeks in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. A surgeon later removed one of her kidneys.
Ellis and Wysynski remain in custody. All three are charged with several counts of attempted murder, several counts of robbery and weapons offences.