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Pickton trial date expected today
Last Updated Mon Dec 15 10:01:07 2003

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C.-- The families of 15 women killed on a pig farm in Port Coquitlam will find out Monday when alleged serial killer Robert William Pickton will go on trial.

Pickton is scheduled to appear in a B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster where lawyers hope to set a trial date.

The 54-year-old is charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in connection with missing women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

William Pickton

Police and forensic investigators spent more than 18 months sifting through soil at the farm. The search the most expensive murder investigation in Canadian history wrapped up last month.

Relatives of the victims came to the farm daily during the search.

Joyce Lachance, whose niece was believed killed on the Pickton property, gathered up teddy bears, candles, notes and poems left at the farm. The remains of her niece, Marnie Frey, were discovered on the farm but Pickton has not been charged with her murder.

Lachance says she took the items when the police search of the property ended.

The Pickton property

"I know the Picktons have the property back I didn't want them to go and damage the pictures, take them down," said Lachance.

She wants them displayed in a permanent memorial.

"It would be nice if somebody could come forward and offer us a piece of land so we could put that stuff there, preferably in Port Coquitlam," said Lachance.

No bodies of the women have been found so there are no gravesites. Lachance says a memorial would be a place where families and the public could go and pay their respects.

Written by CBC News Online staff

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