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Man ordered to stand trial for manslaughter in Bankview death

Zachery Frederick Rider, 36, in a police handout photo. Calgary Police Service

A man accused in the death of Richard Pember during a house party in Bankview nearly a year ago has been ordered to stand trial on a lesser charge.

Zachery Frederick Rider was initially charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 22, 2016 Calgary death.

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In court Wednesday, Rider was ordered to stand trial on the charge of manslaughter, as well as two assault-related charges he was facing from that same altercation, which police said started during a night of partying.

Pember’s body was found by firefighters at a home on 17th Street S.W., after his roommate walked into a Beltline fire hall claiming he needed help for the 58 year old.

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Two days later, police issued a call for information on a person of interest, leading to the arrest of Rider.

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Rider, 37, is expected back in court Dec. 1 to start the process of determining trial dates.

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