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Suspect ordered to stand trial in death of man killed in vacant-building fire

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The man arrested for the death of popular pow-wow dancer Harry Gegwetch was ordered this afternoon to stand trial.

Following five days of a preliminary hearing last week, Provincial court Judge Margaret Wiebe ruled this afternoon that there is sufficient evidence against Darrell Walter Longclaws to have him stand trial for the charge of manslaughter.

There is a ban on publication of any evidence presented during the preliminary hearing.

Gegwetch’s body was found Nov. 12, 2011 by firefighters in a burning, vacant apartment building in the 300-block of Carlton Street.

Gegwetch, 42, was an alcoholic who was living on the streets at the time of his death.

Longclaws, now 34, has been in custody since his arrest in November 2011. Longclaws lowered his head and shook it from side to side as Wiebe made her ruling.

No date has yet been set for trial.

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Updated on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM CDT: Adds charge.

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