Two accused in alleged Halifax shopping mall threat won’t seek bail: lawyer

By on February 18, 2015


Canada law enforcement foils shooting plan in Halifax (screenshot from CBC footage)
Canada law enforcement foils shooting plan in Halifax (screenshot from CBC footage)

HALIFAX — A lawyer for two people accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall says they won’t seek bail.

Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Shepherd and Souvannarath were brought separately into provincial court from a black police SUV and both briefly glanced towards a swarm of media as they were taken into the courthouse.

Their cases were adjourned until March 6.

A third suspect was found dead by police last Friday morning at a home in Timberlea, N.S., but the name of the 19-year-old man has not been released.

The RCMP announced the charges on Saturday, the same day police allege the Valentine’s Day attack on the Halifax Shopping Centre was planned.

Police in Geneva, Ill., say they will be talking to the RCMP and Halifax police today about items seized during a search of Souvannarath’s home on Friday.

Julie Nash, commander of patrol operations, says she expects investigators to discuss the nature of items collected and whether any of them will be shipped to police in Nova Scotia.