Langley man accused in two high-profile cases

Jason Brewer faces murder charges for a 2012 incident and other charges over a high-profile crash on Highway 10 in 2009.

The man accused in a Dec. 31, 2012 murder in Langley made a brief appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on Tuesday.

Jason Brewer, 26, is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Cole Manning, 40.

Police called the pair “friends” and it’s believed Manning was a recent renter of the basement suite in the newer Willoughby home where his body was found.

Brewer has remained behind bars since his dramatic arrest that day. It is the first time he has appeared on the murder charge since February.

Brewer will also be in Supreme Court in New Westminster on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, where he is charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in connection to a violent crash in 2009 on Highway 10 near 192 Street. The crash permanently injured two people.

In that case, he is accused of driving into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed.

At the time of his arrest in Aldergrove on New Year’s Eve, Brewer was on probation for attacking his mother with a knife. He was found guilty of that crime.

Brewer was arrested for the murder of Manning after a short police chase, which resulted in patrol cars running his vehicle off the road near the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove.

Pilots in the area were asked by police to see if they spotted the suspect.

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