Preliminary hearing for Irving murder case now set for 2012

Determining whether there’s enough evidence to proceed with a trial for the self proclaimed, ex-Independent Soldier accused of killing an Okanagan woman will finally get underway next year.

Joelon David Atish Verma—who is accused of the 2010 killing of Britney Lee Irving —is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Kelowna courts Jan. 3, 2012.

While police have been loath to release many details, they’ve said they believe Irving, 24, left a local hotel where she was staying April 6, 2010 in order to meet with Verma and sell him a “large quantity” of marijuana.

It was the last day she was seen by family. She was reported missing and her SUV was found a bandoned on Philpott Road the next day, making way for a flurry of speculation about her drug connections and fate.

Nearly two months later, on May 25, 2010, rumours were laid to rest when Irving’s body was found.

Mounties won’t disclose the exact location except to say it wasn’t the same area where her car was found.

Subsequent autopsy results indicated her death was a homicide Verma was arrested in June 2010, and faces robbery and first degree murder charges.



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