Trial date set for murder suspect
A date has been set for the trial of murder suspect David Folker, while the accused in another case is still seeking a new lawyer.
Folker will stand trial next October on a charge of second-degree murder after the remains of former girlfriend Ann Marie Shirran were found in 2010.
The trial date was set on Monday at the Supreme Court in St. John's, three years after Shirran disappeared from her Kilbride home in July 2010.
The trial was originally expected to take place in early 2013. However, the withdrawal of the defence lawyers in late September this year caused delays.
Folker was charged shortly after campers discovered Shirran's body in a gravel pit near Cappahayden in September 2010. He is currently out on bail and living in Nova Scotia.
Pardy still without counsel
Meanwhile, Trevor Pardy, who is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge, is still looking for a new lawyer.
Pardy fired defence lawyer Jeff Brace two weeks ago, just before his trial was about to begin. There had been a breakdown in the solicitor-client relationship.
On Monday, the court learned that Pardy should be getting a new lawyer very soon.
Pardy is accused of shooting and killing his former girlfriend, Triffie Wadman. The shooting occurred in a cul-de-sac in the west end of St. John's in October 2011.