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Van attack suspect to be tried by judge next year

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm EST

Alek Minassian is shown in a photo from his LinkedIn page. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout

Van attack suspect Alek Minassian will be tried by a judge alone next year.

The trial, which is slated to start in February 2020, will reportedly take place in Toronto.

Minassian’s defence lawyer, Boris Bytensky, says both he and the Crown agreed to have the trial without a jury.

First-degree murder trials must be tried by a jury unless both sides consent to a trial with only a judge.

Ten people were killed and 16 others injured when a white rental van plowed into pedestrians along Yonge Street on April 23, 2018.

Minassian, now 26, is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.