West Kelowna man charged in wife’s killing, arson goes to trial next year

The case of a West Kelowna man charged in the 2015 killing of his wife is moving forward.

A West Kelowna man charged in the 2015 killing of his wife will face a judge and jury this time next year.

Kevin Costin, 58, appeared briefly in court via video on Monday, and was scheduled for a jury trial that will run from July 22 2019 to Aug. 16 2019.

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Costin was arrested May 26, 2017, and charged with second degree murder, arson and indignity to human remains in the death of his wife, 37-year-old Hazel Budiongan.

Budiongan was found dead inside her Boucherie Road home on Nov. 4, 2015 after firefighters were called to a put out a blaze in the home. Her death was determined to be a homicide in March 2016.

A preliminary inquiry, which is held to determine if there is sufficient evidence proceed to trial, took place last month.

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