The lawyer for one of the men accused of killing two Mac's store clerks last month told court Monday his client is eager to have the case proceed.

Laylin Delorme, 24, made a brief court appearance by closed-circuit television. He wore orange prison coveralls and kept tugging at the collar. His hair was shaved at the sides.

Defence lawyer Naeem Rauf told the judge: "We are anxious to get this going."

Rauf asked Judge Shelagh Creagh to expedite the case because "the boys" have in custody since mid-December.

He made reference to the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy in the Shakespeare play Hamlet, saying one reason people consider suicide is the slow pace of the legal system.

"To put it over by a month is, in my submission, unconscionable," Rauf said.

The judge scheduled Delorme's next court appearance for Jan. 29, when a date is expected to be selected for a preliminary hearing.

Delorme and Colton Steinhauer, 27, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a prohibited restricted firearm, being disguised with intent and other offences.

A 13-year-old boy faces the same charges in connection with the Dec. 18 killings.

When it was Steinhauer's turn Monday morning, he told the judge: "I had a lawyer but he cancelled out on me."

He was told to contact legal aid again. His case was also adjourned Monday until Jan. 29, to give him time to do so.