Judge To Rule Today If METALLICA-Related Death Case Will Go To Trial

630 CHED reports that a judge will reveal this afternoon whether four teens charged after a man was beaten on an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada transit bus must stand trial for manslaughter or a reduced charge.

Stefan Conley (photo) was legally drunk when he got into a verbal altercation with several youths last March.

Evidence presented at the preliminary hearing last December suggested 35-year old Conley initiated the confrontation when he challenged the youths' appreciation of the heavy metal band METALLICA.

Words were exchanged and then Conley grabbed one teen by the throat.

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He was then beaten by several teens before a push sent Conley crashing to the floor of the bus.

Medical Examiner Graeme Dowling blamed the man's death of a small tear in an artery at the base of the brain...usually seen in people who have been drinking and fighting.

Dowling said a blow as light as a slap on the face could cause the artery to tear.


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