The man accused of killing three children and their grandfather while allegedly driving drunk, will be back before a judge on November 26th.
Marco Muzzo appeared by video in a Newmarket courtroom on Thursday. He faces 18 criminal charges, the most serious of which are four counts of impaired driving causing death.
NEWSTALK 1010 legal analyst Ed Prutschi says for him, it's more evidence the case is headed for an eventual guilty plea.
With hundreds of bail hearings under his belt as a criminal defence lawyer, including in difficult first degree murder cases, Prutschi says the bail process shouldn't take this long.
Muzzo has been jailed since his arrest on September 27.
"Even if one is waiting for certain key pieces of disclosure, I would have thought that by this point if a bail hearing is what you want, you're prepared and ready to go forward," Prutschi explains. "More likely, this is about trying to figure out a guilty plea."
Last month, Muzzo's lawyer Brian Greenspan said his client was "devastated by the horrific loss of life" but also that it would be "premature" to say how he would be pleading.
9-year-old-Daniel Neville-Lake, 5-year-old Harrison Neville-Lake, 2-year-old Milly Neville-Lake, and Gary Neville were killed in a crash in Vaughan September 27. York Regional Police say an SUV T-boned the family's minivan at Kirby Rd and Kipling Ave just after 4 p.m. that day. The impact sent the minivan off the road while the SUV went on to collide with a white car. The children's grandmother and great grandmother were also seriously hurt.
Citing police sources, CTV News reports that Marco Muzzo sailed through a stop sign at the crash scene. They also allege that his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Prutschi figures that behind the scenes the defence, Crown, and a case management judge are trying to come agreement about which charges Muzzo might plead guilty to.
Prutschi says if you're a defence lawyer, aside from determining which charges the Crown has the best shot at proving your client committed, you also want to put your client in the best light.
"That might mean lining up some significant alcohol counselling. That might mean, in the case of a family that has significant financial resources, trying to make arrangements with the victim's family through the Crown Attorney's office to say...while we can't ever bring back these horrible tragedies that resulted in death times four, what we can do is try to at least make the financial compensation. It's not much, but it is something."
Jennifer Neville-Lake, the mother and daughter of the victims intends to be in court Thursday. The day would have been her parents' 38th wedding anniversary.
with a file from Dave Bradley