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Courts issue warning to man charged with 2010 Kelowna murder

The Kelowna man charged with Brittney Irving's 2010 murder was told Tuesday that he better get legal representation soon because the wheels of justice are ready to roll, regardless.

Joe Verma appeared in court via video link May 22 morning for the latest of a string of court dates aimed at sorting out the details for his upcoming trial.

During his previous appearance, the court learned Verma's Calgary based lawyer had dropped his case, so the matter was adjourned for three weeks.

This time legal counsel for Verma was also absent, prompting Crown Counsel Iain Currie to set a new path forward. At a May 28 court date, Verma should have his lawyer present or Currie will introduce measures to set a court date in the absence of counsel.

Prodding Verma to make sure he was clear on the way forward, Justice Peter Rogers reiterated that point.

"On Monday next,  expect some fairly firm guidelines and timeframes established for your case, whether you have a lawyer or not," he said. "Do you understand that?"

Verma leaned back in his chair and then replied; "yes I do."

Verma, 31, has been in custody since `June 25, 2010, following a high profile investigation into the death of Irving.

Family members reported her missing April 7, 2010 after a drug transaction gone awry. Her body was found a few weeks later.

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