Murder trial to proceed

Jason Brewer charged with killing Cole Manning in Willoughby basement suite on Dec. 31, 2012.

The man charged in the New Year’s Eve murder in a Willoughby basement suite has been ordered to stand trial in Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Jason Brewer, 24, was in court on Nov. 4, when the decision was to go ahead with a trial. He currently is charged with the second-degree murder of “his friend” Cole Manning, 40. Manning was shot to death in a Willoughby basement suite in the early morning of New Year’s Eve.

Brewer is accused of leading police on a short pursuit and his vehicle was rammed by police in Aldergrove, leading to his arrest. His next court appearance on that matter is Dec. 5. A trial date hasn’t been set.

In the meantime, Brewer pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm during the start of a separate trial in Supreme Court on Oct. 28.

Brewer swerved into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed on Highway 10 in November 2009, causing a horrific crash that resulted in  life-long injuries for two victims inside a GMC SUV he struck head-on.

In that case, he has a sentencing hearing scheduled for March 20, 2014.