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Lily Belanger, whose daughter was killed nearly 10 years ago, speaks to reporters outside of court on Monday. She praised police work on the cold case investigation, but said news of the arrest of Barry David Brown on Friday came out of the blue. ((CBC))

The man accused of a homicide that occurred nearly a decade ago made a brief court appearance Monday morning in Calgary via closed circuit television.

Barry David Brown, 50, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly gunning down 37-year-old Corinne Rita Belanger inside her home in the 100 block of Templeby Road N.E. on April 16, 2001.

Belanger's mother, Lily Belanger, said she had almost given up hope that the police would come up with a suspect.

"Ten years, it's almost 10 years and I thought it was a dead end … and that she would never have justice," she said. "She deserves justice."

Brown, who is bald with a full white beard and moustache, showed no outward displays of emotion during his appearance. "The police have worked really, really hard on this," Belanger said. "They never gave up."

Police have said Brown was a friend of Belanger's estranged husband, but do not believe the husband played a role in her death.

No plea was entered. Brown will be back in court Jan. 13.