Kelowna murder trial inches closer

The Kelowna man charged with Brittney Irving's 2010 murder is getting closer to his day in court.

Joelon Verma appeared in court Monday, on the second anniversary of his arrest, to set a date for a pre-trial conference—one of the last steps  before the actual trial gets underway.

Scheduling Verma's trial is a matter that's been before the courts several times over the last year but repeatedly put off, for reasons including a lack of legal representation.

In recent months  the Calgary based lawyer who previously represented him had dropped the case. Vancouver based lawyer Jordan Watt stepped into his shoes.

Irving was reported missing April 7, 2010 after a drug transaction gone awry. The 24-year-old's body was found a few weeks later.

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