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Accused in Vancouver murder, manslaughter case plead not guilty

Two men facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with a shooting death in a 2021 Vancouver Downtown Eastside hotel have pleaded not guilty.
Two men accused in the 2021 death of a man in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside pleaded not guilty March 16.

Two men facing multiple charges in connection with Vancouver’s 11th homicide of 2021 have pleaded not guilty and have elected a jury trial, a provincial court judge heard March 16.

The Vancouver Police Department said the 40-year-old victim, Michael Bailey, was shot inside the London Hotel at 208 East Georgia St. in the Downtown Eastside early on July 20, 2021.

Initially, both suspects fled the area, police said; investigators believed the incident was targeted.

Three weeks later, Ba Hue Tran of Vancouver was charged with one count of manslaughter using a firearm.

Joseph Mason, also of Vancouver, was charged with one count of second-degree murder.

Both men appeared before Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Donna Senniw for their pleas.

The trial would take place before a judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court.

The two will also have a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 22-23.

Preliminary inquiries are held to determine if enough evidence exists to go to trial. They are covered by a publication ban to protect potential jurors from contamination.