Fredericks to remain in custody

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Accused drug trafficker Kyle Fredericks will remain in jail until his trial continues in early 2013.

Fredericks, 22, of Somerset, is facing charges of trafficking hydromorphone, criminal negligence causing death, escaping custody and failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking. 

In custody since Sept. 28, when he was re-arrested after escaping from police for a second time in as many months, Fredericks attended a pre-trial conference before Judge Claudine MacDonald on Nov. 21 in Kentville provincial court.

Fredericks was charged earlier this year with criminal negligence and drug trafficking in the death of 21-year-old Joshua Graves, who died of an overdose after mixing alcohol and prescription drugs at a house party in Cambridge on March 18, 2011.

Fredericks, who allegedly provided Graves with the drugs, has a previous conviction for drug trafficking. He is the first person in Nova Scotia to face criminal negligence causing death charges in connection with a drug-related death.

During his Nov. 21 court appearance, all matters were adjudicated to Jan. 8, 9 and 10,  when Frederick’s  trial is scheduled to continue. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

Geographic location: Somerset, Kentville, Cambridge Nova Scotia

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