Casselman granted bailTuesday, October 08, 2013 by: Steffanie Petroni
Michael Casselman will be granted bail this afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in bail court at 2 p.m.
His bail review hearing concluded just after 12 p.m. today.
Superior Court Justice Ian McMillan reviewed the September 10 decision of Justice of the Peace in which Casselman was denied bail.
McMillan also received written arguments and heard submissions from both defence counsel, Bruce Willson, and assistant Crown Attorney, Dana Peterson.
There is a publication ban on this bail hearing.
Casselman’s conditions of bail are: he keep the peace and be of good behaviour; reside with one of his two sureties and be amenable to that persons supervision; report any change of address to police; to remain in the residence daily except to attend medical emergencies, employment, counselling or when in the company of his surety; to remain in Sault Ste. Marie; to appear before the court as required; to abstain from alcohol consumption; to not occupy the driver's seat of any motorized vehicle; to not operate any motorized vehicle; to report weekly to police services; and that he refrain from communicating with certain individuals except in the presence of his counsel.
Casselman sat very still and quietly with his hands folded and resting across his midsection over the course of the day and a half bail review.
When the judge asked him if he understood the conditions of his bail he responded very softly.
On August 31 54-year-old Casselman was arrested and charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle and exceeding the legal limit causing death.
However as a result of the ongoing investigation Casselman was later charged with one count of impaired driving causing the death of Christa Lukenda Michaud.
On the 3rd of October officers from Traffic Services attended at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre and charged Casselman with one count of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death.
Upon his release this afternoon Casselman is next scheduled to appear before the courts on Monday, November 4 at 9 a.m.
The investigation into the fatal accident of Christa Lukenda Michaud is ongoing.