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Kelowna man to have murder trial before judge and jury

The man charged in the killing of Kelowna resident Amy Jane Parkes will be tried by judge and jury.

Ryan James Quigley, 35, elected to put his fate in the hands of his peers at a Thursday morning court appointment. A date for his upcoming trial should be made known next Monday.

Parkes, 35, was reported missing April 1, after she failed to arrive at work.

Shortly before 10 am that day, police found her body in her residence on the 3700 block of Lakeshore Road.

"The circumstances surrounding her death were deemed to be suspicious and the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit commenced a homicide investigation," said Const. Kris Clark, at the time of the investigation.

At about 10 a.m., two days later, plainclothes officers located the suspect vehicle on the 500 block of Coronation Avenue and Quigley was found to be inside. He was taken into custody without incident

Quigley, who was believed to be engaged to Parkes at some point before her death, was then charged with second degree murder. The cause of Parkes's death remains unknown.

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