Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian to be tried by judge alone next year

TORONTO — A man accused of killing 10 people by mowing them down with a van on a busy Toronto street will stand trial before a judge alone.

Alek Minassian, 26, is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder after allegedly driving a rental van down Yonge Street on April 23, 2018.

Minassian's defence lawyer, Boris Bytensky, says both he and the Crown agreed to have the trial without a jury.

First-degree murder trials must be tried by a jury unless both sides consent to a trial with only a judge.

Minassian's trial is scheduled to begin in a Toronto court in February 2020.

The next hearing in the case is set for July 11.

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