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Nelson Lugela to stand trial in death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks

Nelson Tony Lugela, 19, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.
Nelson Tony Lugela, 19, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Calgary Police Service

A man charged in the shooting death of a Canadian Football League player Mylan Hicks last year has been committed to stand trial.

A judge has ruled that there is sufficient evidence for Nelson Tony Lugela to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

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Lugela was charged last September following the early-morning shooting of Hicks outside a Calgary nightclub.

Hicks was a 23-year-old defensive back who was on the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders.

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He was gunned down outside the Marquee Beer Market and Stage.

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Hicks was wounded and in life-threatening condition when officers found him, and he died in hospital.

A firearm was recovered at the scene.

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Police said an altercation that involved several people inside the nightclub moved outside after it closed. Several members of the Stampeders were in the bar at the time.

Crown prosecutor Jonathan Hak says a trial date is expected to be set Aug. 4. He expects the trial will run between two and three weeks.

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