Pretrial date for accused in University of Waterloo stabbings set for Sept. 26

A pretrial date for the former student facing attempted murder, terror and other charges in the University of Waterloo, Ont., triple stabbings in a gender-studies class in June has been set for Sept. 26,

Geovanny Villalba-Aleman, 24, charged with attempted murder, terror and other counts, was in court Friday

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In Ontario Superior Court in Kitchener on Friday, a pretrial date of Sept. 26 was set for the accused in the University of Waterloo stabbings. (James Chaarani/CBC)

The 24-year-old man charged in the University of Waterloo stabbings in a gender-studies class this summer was in court on Friday, when a pretrial date of Sept. 26 was set.

Geovanny Villalba-Aleman, a former student at the university in southern Ontario, faces terrorism and 11 other charges in connection with the June 28 attack that sent an associate professor and two students to hospital:

The other counts are:

  • Attempted murder.
  • Aggravated assault (three counts).
  • Assault with a weapon (four counts). 
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (two counts).
  • Mischief under $5,000.

In Ontario Superior Court on Friday, Villalba-Aleman sat behind a prisoner's box, wearing a dark dress shirt and dress pants.

The Superior Court of Justice defines a pretrial as a meeting between a judge, a Crown attorney and lawyers for the accused (or the person charged when they are not represented by a lawyer), as required under the Criminal Code and the court's criminal proceedings rules.

Villalba-Aleman is expected to be back in court on Oct. 13.

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