The men charged with shooting at police on Westside Road last summer could spend a long time behind bars before their trial.
Michael Edward Ellis, 39, and Shawn Adam Wysynski, 32, have yet to ask for bail since officers collared them July 31. A preliminary hearing could last more than three weeks and hasn't been scheduled yet.
The Crown plans to call as many as 40 witnesses to the hearing, which determines if there's enough evidence to warrant a trial. A judge may shorten the hearing once defence lawyers explain which witnesses they want to hear from, said Ellis's lawyer Joe Gordon.
The men and Ashlee Collins, who's out on bail, are charged with firing rifles at moving police vehicles and car-jacking people's vehicles during an hour-long rampage last summer. One Mountie was so traumatized he's still off duty.
Officers were authorized to fire at the suspects. Collins, then 19, was shot in the back and had to have a kidney removed.
The trio's next court appearance is a pre-trial conference. No date had been set Thursday.