Accused in fatal Red Deer Walmart shooting applying for legal aid ahead of February court date

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A man accused in a fatal shooting outside a Walmart store in central Alberta is applying for legal aid and has yet to secure a lawyer.

Chase Freed appeared briefly in Red Deer provincial court today via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre where he remains in custody.

Freed faces six charges, including second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm.

Jim Williams of Red Deer, who was 69, was killed outside a city Walmart on Dec. 20 after purchasing deodorant at the store.

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Police believe the suspect also fired at two other people.

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Freed’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 18.

RCMP have said Williams was shot during an altercation with a man he didn’t know. Police said the suspect fled in a stolen vehicle driven by a woman.

The two were arrested about four hours later near Rimbey, Alta., following an intense police search.

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Crystal Maurice, who faces four counts including being an accessory after the fact to murder, is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

A memorial service for Williams, who was severely burned in a propane explosion in 1991, was held on Saturday.

His widow, Roxine Williams, said her husband had been a truck driver, but had to retire after he was burned.