Accused in Walmart parking lot murder appears in court
Corby Stott, shown here with one of his sons, died in hospital after an altercation in the Midland Walmart parking lot July 2, 2016. (Facebook photo)
A London man charged with second-degree murder after a confrontation in an over-crowded parking lot on the long weekend made a brief appearance in court Wednesday.
Jason Heffernan, of London, is charged with the second-degree murder of Corby Stott, 29, a father of two from Tiny Township.
Heffernan stood in the prisoner’s box in handcuffs. He will remain in custody and will be back in court on July 27 where a date will be set for his bail hearing.
Police say the two men got involved in an altercation in the Walmart parking lot in Midland on Saturday.
Somehow the victim ended up on the hood of the vehicle and then was thrown, police say. In the jammed parking lot Stott had to be picked up by helicopter and taken to the Midland hospital where he died of head injuries.
One woman who works near the plaza says the crowded parking lot with several large stores but only one exit was a tragedy waiting to happen.
“That parking lot is enough to drive people insane on a hot weekend,” said Piper Merritt. She says on weekends cottagers shop for supplies here and it’s common for people to get trapped in the traffic line for 45 minutes.
“On a hot day it drives people to madness. There is no other way out,” Merritt said.
Tributes on a Facebook page for the victim have been pouring in.
“Stott, you were a good man, a great dad. This is an unforgettable loss,” wrote one friend.
Heffernan’s lawyer Sean Robichaud had no comment.