Carson Crimeni (file)

Delay in deciding whether charges are laid in death of Langley teen

Carson Crimeni died of an apparent drug overdose, his final moments broadcast on social media

It will be at least two or three more months before a decision is made about laying charges in the death of 14-year-old Carson Crimeni of Langley.

Grandfather Darrel Crimeni told the Langley Advance Times he was informed of the delay late last month when he queried the Crown Counsel office.

“The wheels move slow,” Crimeni commented.

“It’ll make it almost a year [from the date Carson died].”

Police earlier informed the family that their report on the investigation into Carson’s death was filed at the end of December with the Crown, which will decide whether charges are laid.

READ MORE: Carson Crimeni laid to rest

On Aug. 7, the teen was found in severe medical distress in a park near Walnut Grove Secondary and the Walnut Grove Recreation Centre.

Despite attempts by police, firefighters, and BC Ambulance paramedics to revive him, Carson died later that night in hospital of an apparent drug overdose.

Disturbing video clips posted to social media showed the Langley teen barely able to stand or speak earlier that day at the Walnut Grove skate park while people could be heard laughing.

RCMP have interviewed more than 140 people in connection with Carson’s death.

At least 30 people were believed present in the park the night he died.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Grandfather speaks out about teen who died after overdosing in Langley park

While the delay is a disappointment, Darrel said he believed it was the “right thing to do under the circumstances” given a growing backlog of cases because of court closures during the coronavirus outbreak, and the fact a trial would have to take place within 18 months of charges being laid.

“If they lay charges, I don’t want to see anyone walk away due to time limits.”

In 2016, a Supreme Court ruling, often called the Jordan decision, imposed time limits on how long it can take for a criminal case to go to trial before it is deemed unreasonable.

The ruling said people charged with an offence have the right to have their cases tried within 18 months in provincial courts and 30 months in superior courts.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: B.C. supreme and provincial courts suspend regular operations

In March, the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of B.C. suspended regular operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the provincial court only hearing in-custody criminal matters, bail hearings and other urgent matters at a limited number of “hub court” locations in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusLangleyLangley RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley students mark Orange Shirt Day

Sept. 30 initiative aims to raise awareness about government-run residential schools

Air quality across the Lower Mainland could worsen slightly

AQ health index could see ‘low risk’ gravitate into ‘moderate risk’ from Vancouver to Hope

How Langley football star Chase Claypool was nicknamed “Mapletron”

A reference to all-time NFL great Calvin Johnson Jr.

BC Green Party announces candidate for Abbotsford South

Former provincial and municipal candidate Aird Flavelle seeks election

CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Sept. 27

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Another death as COVID-19 outbreak at Delta Hospital climbs to 18 cases

Total of 12 patients and six staff in one unit have tested positive for COVID-19: Fraser Health

Most Read