The man who is accused of killing RCMP Constable Shelby Patton during a traffic stop in Wolseley last summer will be standing trial. 

Alphonse Stanley Traverse of Winnipeg has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Patton on June 12, 2021.  

Judge Douglas Kovatch ruled after a three-day hearing that there was enough evidence for the trial to proceed. Traverse had originally been charged with manslaughter, but the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder in November. 

A publication ban prevents the publishing of what evidence was presented at the preliminary hearing. 

Police state Patton, who was an officer at the Indian Head RCMP detachment, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Traverse. Patton had pulled the vehicle, suspected to have been stolen in Manitoba when the driver drove off. The truck was then located near Francis, and two people were arrested shortly after.