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Mountie accused in cop’s death eyeing new lawyer

A week after firing his lawyer, a suspended RCMP officer charged in the stabbing death of an Ottawa police officer has tentatively hired a new one.

Geraldine Castle-Trudel is expected to meet with Kevin Gregson, 43, before tomorrow, the lawyer’s associate said in court yesterday.

Gregson — who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Const. Eric Czapnik, 51, who died after he was stabbed outside an Ottawa hospital Dec. 29 — said nothing during his video appearance in Courtroom 5.

During last week’s video appearance, Gregson said his parents were coming to Ottawa and that he would get another lawyer. Neither he nor his former lawyer, Israel Gencher, stated his reasons for seeking new representation.

“It sounds like (Gregson is) having discussions with Ms. Castle-Trudel, but it’s not yet formalized,” said Brian Holowka, one of two Crown attorneys on the case along with Hilary McCormack, outside the courtroom yesterday.

Gregson will appear in person in Courtroom 8 in front of Justice Lise Maisonneuve at 9 a.m. Friday.

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