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Mid-trial Wednesday, the Crown stayed a charge of aggravated assault against Kurt Stewart, who had been charged with injuring another and leaving him a quadriplegic.

Kurt Stewart was on trial for a 2018 incident that left a man partially paralyzed

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The courthouse in Yellowknife. (Natalie Pressman/CBC)

Editor’s note: This story has been substantially updated to reflect that the charge has been stayed.

Mid-trial Wednesday, the Crown stayed a charge of aggravated assault against a man who had been charged with injuring another and leaving him a quadriplegic.

Kurt Stewart, 51, had pleaded not guilty to the charge. The charge dates back to an incident that took place in Colville Lake, N.W.T.  in 2018 that left Eddie Cooke Jr. of Fort Good Hope unable to move his legs and only able to slightly lift his arms. 

It took years after the charge was laid for it to go to trial. The trial finally began this week, with jury selection on Monday.

But on Wednesday, after some witnesses had already testified, prosecutor Blair MacPherson told the court there was no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction.

He stayed the charge against Stewart.

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