Police charge Lethbridge man with manslaughter

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 38-year-old man with manslaughter in connection with the death of Gifford George Good Dagger who was assaulted in a south side alley and died in hospital.

On Aug. 31, 2015 at approximately 9:30 p.m. police and EMS responded to a report of a male who had been assaulted and was unconscious in the alley along the 900 block of 17 Street South. Good Dagger, 47, was transported to hospital with head and internal injuries and subsequently died the afternoon of Sept. 1.

Two suspects were identified at the time, questioned and released without charges. As the investigation progressed additional evidence came to light and police subsequently attended a city hotel and arrested a 38-year-old male without incident.

The victim and accused are known to one another and had been involved in a dispute earlier in the day Aug. 31. Later that night the pair were involved in a physical altercation in the alley where the accused assaulted the victim and then fled the area.

James Gregory Gurney, 38, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of manslaughter. He is currently remanded in custody to appear in court Sept. 8.

Police have been advised by the Medical Examiner that an official cause of death will not be listed until further results, including toxicology testing, are received in approximately four months.

nvestigation in the matter is ongoing.

Media are advised that the first opportunity for on-camera interview – if desired – will be Tuesday, Sept. 8.