Trials set for men accused in 2010 Calgary beating death

Trial dates are now set for both men accused of beating 47-year-old Mark Mariani to death in a 16th Avenue parking lot in 2010.

It was decided on Friday in a Calgary courtroom that Tyler Sturrup will face a judge and jury in April 2013. Seven months later, the fate of his co-accused Robert Reitmeier will be decided in the same fashion — a date that had been previously set.

Both men face second-degree murder charges.

Both Reitmeier and Sturrup have ties to a neo-nazi group, but police say that wasn’t the motive for the crime, which they believe was a random act.

The two were arrested in June of 2011, eight months after Mariani’s death.

At the time of his death, police said they believed there was a third attacker.

The arrests were made after a Crime Stoppers re-enactment and a plea to the public for help.

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