Amanda Black murder case adjourned to July

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Shane Sutherland made a brief appearance by video in Fort St. John court Monday morning for the murder of Amanda Black.

The matter has been adjourned to July, while lawyers review disclosure materials received today.

In the criminal process, prosecutors must give an accused a copy of all evidence they have to support their charges, including police reports and witness statements, allowing an accused to respond and prepare a defence before entering a plea or having the case proceed to trial.

Proceedings were adjourned in April as lawyers awaited disclosure from RCMP experts who analyzed the crime scene.

Sutherland was arrested in February after RCMP were called to the Village St. John townhome complex where Black, 22, was found deceased.

He is charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody.

The case recently drew the attention of The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, who reported on a number of social media accounts linked to Sutherland.

The accounts "show not only virulent racism, homophobia, and bigotry of all stripes, but the regular condoning of violence and a broad spectrum of online writings that show a connection to the Christian Identity Movement," wrote the Anti-Hate Network.

tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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