THE trial of Jujhar Khun-Khun of Surrey, Michael Kerry Hunter Jones of Gibsons, and Jason Thomas McBride of North Vancouver in the gangland slaying of Red Scorpion gang leader Jonathan Bacon will start April 4, 2016. The jury trial is expected to last six months.
Last June The VOICE reported that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen had ruled that the trial would be held in Kelowna. There was a publication ban on whatever was spoken at the hearing at which lawyers for the three accused applied to move the trial out of that city.
Bacon was killed on August 14, 2011. Bacon, Larry Amero, a full-patch Hells Angels member from White Rock, and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers along with two women, one of whom is related to several Hells Angels members in Haney, were attacked in Kelowna. While Bacon was killed, Amero and the two women sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Riach, who was also injured, fled the scene.
Khun-Khun, Jones and McBride were arrested on February 22, 2013, and charged with the first degree murder of Bacon as well as four counts each of attempted murder.
Manjinder “Manny” Hairan, 29, who was shot dead on January 15, 2013, in Surrey, is believed to have also been involved in the Kelowna shooting.