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Foord murder case adjourned; to resume in two weeks

Pre-trial proceedings continued Wednesday for accused killer John Keyler.

Pre-trial proceedings continued Wednesday for accused killer John Keyler.

Keyler appeared briefly by video in Fort St. John Supreme Court after retaining Vancouver-based lawyer Tony Lagemaat as his new legal counsel last month.

Lagemaat told the court he is still reviewing evidence disclosures, with the matter adjourned to resume in two weeks.

Keyler was arrested at the end of July 2020 after a two-week investigation into the disappearance of Sarah Foord from her home in Taylor. RCMP said Foord's remains were found in a remote location 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John.

Keyler is charged with second degree murder and interfering with human remains. He remains in custody and has not been found guilty of the charges.

A preliminary inquiry earlier this year found there was sufficient evidence to try for a conviction, however, proceedings were delayed in May when Keyler's original lawyer stepped down from the case.

Pre-trial conferences are held for Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers to prepare for and discuss issues prior to the start of a trial.

Trial dates in the case have yet to be set, though it's expected the case will go before a jury once pre-trial proceedings are concluded.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at