Kelowna murder trial scheduled for April

Stephen Pirko is charged in the killing of Christopher Ausman in 2014

The man charged in the 2014 killing of Christopher Ausman will have his trial start April. 29.

Steven Randy Pirko was charged with second-degree murder Nov. 18, 2016, nearly three years after Ausman’s body was found on the sidewalk along Highway 33 in the early hours of Jan. 25, 2014.

His trial was initially expected to start Nov. 19, 2018, but was rescheduled after Pirko found new council.

“From the early onset of this investigation there were key factors to suggest that Christopher’s death was suspicious in nature, as such the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) assumed conduct of the investigation into his death,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a news release issued at the time of the arrest.

Related story: Arrest made in 2014 Kelowna murde

The next pre-trial conference will be Feb. 14 and it will be followed by a three week voir dire in March.

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