Murder case adjourned two weeks

A Fort St. John man charged with second-degree murder has been given two weeks for his lawyer to review disclosure materials in the case against him.

John Wendell Keyler, 35, made a brief court appearance by video on Monday for the murder of Sarah Foord. Surrey-based lawyer Kelly Merrigan has been appointed as his lawyer.

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In the criminal process, prosecutors must give an accused a copy of all evidence they have to support their charges, including police reports and witness statements, allowing an accused to respond and prepare a defence before entering a plea or having the case proceed to trial. 

Keyler is detained until a Supreme Court bail hearing can be held, and will appear next on Aug. 24.

Keyler is also charged with indignity to human remains. He remains in custody, and the court has imposed a publication ban on the pending bail hearing.

Foord had been missing for two weeks before her remains were found July 24 in a remote location 75 kilometres north of the city.

RCMP first alerted the public to her disappearance July 11, and initially believed she was travelling with Keyler, who was found days later in Surrey.

The Major Crimes Unit was tasked to lead the investigation on July 13, and soon after arrived in Fort St. John to begin their search at Foord's home in Taylor.

Investigators were assisted by Surrey RCMP, Forensic Identification/Forensic Search Units, Police Dog Section, as well as other units from across B.C. and Alberta. 

Keyler has not entered a plea, or been found guilty of the charges.

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Sarah Foord was last in contact with her family on Monday, July 6. RCMP Handout
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