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Crown downgrades charge against man accused of stabbing, running over victim in Sudbury murder case

Edgar Smith now charged with second-degree murder in September 2021 incident
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The gas station at the intersection of Lasalle and Notre Dame where a man died after an incident in which police say he was stabbed and then run over intentionally Sept. 7.

The Crown’s office is downgrading the first-degree murder charge against Edgar Smith to second-degree murder.

When Smith was arrested in September 2021, he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 30-year-old man on Sept. 7, 2021. Police responded to a call involving a pedestrian near the intersection of Notre Dame Avenue and Lasalle Boulevard.

It is alleged Smith and the victim were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of a gas station prior to the collision, and that the victim was stabbed before he was intentionally run over.

Smith is also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, failure to stop at the scene of a collision, and failing to comply with release order.

A five-day preliminary hearing will start Nov. 28, and continue Nov. 29, Dec. 1, 5 and 6.

The matter will return May 19 to be spoken to.