Foord murder case adjourned another two weeks, accused still seeking new lawyer

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Another two weeks will pass before a date can be set for John Keyler's murder trial.

Keyler is charged with second degree murder in the death of Sarah Foord last summer, as well as interfering with human remains.

The matter is expected to proceed to jury trial after a preliminary inquiry was held and determined in March that there was sufficient evidence to try for a conviction. Proceedings were delayed in May after Keyler's lawyer stepped down from the case.

Keyler appeared by video in Fort St. John Supreme Court on Monday, explaining that a new lawyer was expected to take his case for the proceedings that were scheduled today. That did not happen, with Keyler noting a completely different lawyer might represent him.

Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill​​​​​​​ asked Keyler whether two weeks would be enough time for him to secure a lawyer, to which he responded yes.

Keyler was arrested and charged at the end of July 2020 following a two-week investigation into Foord's disappearance from her home in Taylor. RCMP said her remains were found in a remote location 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John. Keyler has not been found guilty of the charges.

Last month, Keyler was sentenced to six months in prison for possessing a rifle contrary to court orders in 2019. He remains in custody.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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