Stamps ex-owner going to court

KEVIN MARTIN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

In the 1990s, he frequently made headlines as the flamboyant owner of the Calgary Stampeders.

But next year, Larry Ryckman will be making news of a different kind.

Ryckman, who now lives in Arizona, will stand trial in a Calgary courtroom on fraud and forgery charges in connection with business dealings in 1994.

His will be one of several high-profile cases in the new year.

Ryckman faces two charges of fraud over $5,000 and one of uttering a forged document in connection with his company, Aabbax International Financial Corp. He is accused of defrauding shareholders.

It's alleged his company had 600,000 shares -- worth $1.15 each at that time -- issued to two employees at no cost.

Defence lawyer Earl Wilson said the trial, scheduled to last 19 days, will centre on some complex issues.

Despite the potential complexities, he is confident a jury of 12 Calgarians will be able to comprehend the evidence and give Ryckman a fair hearing. "I have the utmost faith in the common man," Wilson said.

Several high-profile murder trials are also set to go ahead.

Among those is the case of Shawn Trusty, charged with the Sept. 13, 2003, slaying of his father, Clifford, 62, who was found in the burned-out basement of his Fonda Close S.E. house after it was allegedly set ablaze.

Shawn Trusty's three-week trial before a jury is scheduled to start Jan. 16.

Alleged domestic-related violence will also be the focus of the separate trials of Arden Leslie Diebel and Robert Oliver Scribner.

Diebel is accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Anne Quinn.

Quinn, 25, disappeared from near her Southwood-area home on Sept. 15, 2004, and her body wasn't discovered until a month later under a blanket of snow in a field near Hanna, Alta.

Diebel's 10-day trial was originally set for January, but has been rescheduled to begin May 1.

Scribner will face a jury in late May, in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cari Gaulton.

Gaulton, 17, was seven months pregnant when she was stabbed to death last Feb. 12.

Her body was discovered -- with at least three stab wounds -- in a basement bedroom in Scribner family's home at 3027 31A St. S.E.

His 10-day hearing commences May 29.


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