VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
More charges expected in Robert Pickton case
CTV.ca News Staff
More charges are expected to be laid today against accused B.C. serial killer Robert Pickton, who appears in court in New Westminster.
An artist's rendition of Robert William Pickton appearing during court proceedings in B.C.
Some family members of alleged victims of Pickton were informed that additional charges will be laid by provincial Crown officials.
CTV News has learned one of those charges will be in the disappearance of Marnie Frey. Frey's DNA was found on Pickton's farm.
Her mother, Lynn Frey, says even if Pickton is charged in the disappearance of her daughter, it won't make the loss any easier.
"It doesn't make it any easier. The pain is still there," she said.
"Someone has killed my daughter and until I know who has done it and why it was done, I'm not letting go."
Pickton, a pig farmer from suburban Port Coquitlam, is already charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearances of some of the missing women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
The Crown has previously said it expected to add another seven counts before the trial and DNA samples of nine additional women have been identified on the farm.
As well, there is a sample from an unknown woman, bringing the total possible number of charges to date to 32.
It's unclear how any possible additional charges could affect the timing of the trial, which is expected to begin in the fall, with a lengthy voir dire.
The case is expected to go before a jury in January in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
Lynn Frey, Marnie's mother
Pickton, 55, has been in custody since his arrest Feb. 7, 2002. It was at that time that police descended on the farm and property he owned with his family.
With files from The Canadian Press
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Memorial planned for missing women
Last Updated: May 25 2005 07:52 AM PDT
VANCOUVER - There are plans to create a memorial to the dozens of missing and murdered women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside,
Marlene Trick who has been a community worker at the Carnegie Centre for nine years, says it's a tough neighbourhood, but close-knit – and residents want a lasting memorial.
"It would mean that they actually have a place to go to remember the women that were murdered or missing, leave flowers of candles, or a place to grieve," she says.
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For Maggie Devries, it's a comforting idea. Her sister Sarah's DNA was found at the Pickton farm.
Pickton hasn't been charged in Sarah's death, but that may happen on Wednesday. Devries says if it would be a relief.
"For a long time, I've tried to tell myself it didn't matter, that as long as there were charges in other cases, that was all right, but I think that it does have meaning."
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In the meantime, she says she'd like to be involved in developing the downtown memorial, which isn't expected to be unveiled until 2007.
The total number of missing women from the Downtown Eastside totals at least 69.
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Updated: January 01, 2007