VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Pickton preliminary almost over
WebPosted Jul 15 2003 02:13 PM PDTCBC
VANCOUVER - The final witness has testified at the preliminary hearing for Robert William Pickton – who faces 15 counts of first-degree murder in connection with missing women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Over the past six months, the Crown has presented hundreds of pieces of forensic evidence before the court.
And dozens of witnesses have testified about the women who disappeared, and the accused himself.
But none of it could be reported by the media, because of the publication ban in the case.
Next week, the Crown and defence will make their final submissions.
The Crown is also expected to indict Pickton on another seven charges as well.
Then the judge must decide whether there is enough evidence to send the 52-year-old Port Coquitlam pig farmer to trial on or any – or all – of those charges.
26 when she was last seen in November 2001.
Preliminary hearing nears end in massive B.C. serial-murder case
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. (CP) - The preliminary hearing for accused serial-killer Robert Pickton heard from its final witness on Tuesday.
The hearing, which began in January in provincial court, has adjourned until Monday when the Crown and defence lawyers will give their final submissions. That could take just one day and a ruling by the judge on whether to commit Pickton to trial could be made by late next week. A trial would not begin until at least next year.
Pickton is charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of women who disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown East Side.
Pickton was arrested in February of last year when the police began digging up his pig farm looking for evidence in the disappearances.
Police are still working at the farm.
Evidence submitted at the hearing can't be published under a sweeping publication ban.
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Updated: January 01, 2007