Man accused in Valentine's Day cold case murder denied bail

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Stéphane Parent and Adrienne McColl, in an image from when they were dating.  Police said Parent left Calgary days after McColl's disappearance in 2002 and had been living in Ontario and Quebec until his 2018 arrest. (Postmedia - image credit)
Stéphane Parent and Adrienne McColl, in an image from when they were dating. Police said Parent left Calgary days after McColl's disappearance in 2002 and had been living in Ontario and Quebec until his 2018 arrest. (Postmedia - image credit)

The man accused of killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 19 years ago will remain behind bars in Calgary awaiting trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Stéphane Parent is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Adrienne McColl, who lived in Calgary and was 21 when she was last seen on Valentine's Day 2002.

Her body was found in a rancher's field near Nanton, approximately 85 kilometres south of Calgary, in 2002.

On Thursday, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Glenda Campbell denied Parent's bail application.

Campbell's reasons and the evidence presented at the hearing are protected by a publication ban.

Parent, 52, has a criminal history including convictions for failing to abide by court-ordered conditions.

In 2018, police arrested Parent — who by then was living in Quebec — and flew the accused back to Alberta.

Friends of the victim have previously told CBC News that Parent and McColl were romantically involved at the time of her death and had a volatile relationship.

Parent, who was a person of interest at the time of McColl's death, bought a one-way ticket to Ottawa days after her body was found.

The murder trial is set to take place in September.