The two accused of first-degree murder in the death of Loretta Saunders are back in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today for their pre-trial hearing.

Blake Leggette, 26, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, face first-degree murder charges in the Saunders's death.

Leggette's case arose in court prior to Henneberry's because of a no-contact order between the two accused, and it was then that the Sept. 19 date for a pre-trial conference was set.

Another conference to set future dates will be held Sept. 25. 

Terry Sheppard, Leggette's lawyer, says the case could go to trial as early as next spring but is more likely to begin sometime in the fall of next year.

"The pre-trial conference is just really organizational to find out how long the trial is going to be, how many witnesses  we're going to need, that kind of stuff. Any charter issues that are going to be argued — that's the kind of stuff the judge is going to want to know at the pre-trial conference," said Sheppard.

Saunders, 26, disappeared from Halifax on Feb. 13. 

Henneberry and Leggette had been subletting her apartment in Cowie Hill. They were arrested in Ontario with her car five days after she disappeared. Her body was found in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick on Feb. 26.

The couple's preliminary hearing has seen some dramatic moments requiring heavy security to be brought in and the pair being brought to the courthouse early.

On the third day, Saunders's uncle lunged at the co-accused, but family members grabbed him before he reached the two.

A publication ban has been placed on the evidence presented during the preliminary hearing.

Neither Leggette nor Henneberry appeared in court Thursday.

With files from The Canadian Press