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Lequiere case moves forward

Photo: Josh Lequiere’s parents and sister stand outside the Fort St. John courthouse after one of Dupas and Moore’s many court dates./Kimberley Molina

More than seven months after Andre Paul Dupas and Pamela Joy Moore were charged in the death of Josh Lequiere, their cases have moved forward.

On Wednesday, both accused appeared in Fort St. John court. Moore pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact. She waived her right to a preliminary inquiry and elected to be tried by a provincial court judge alone.

Dupas did not enter a plea, but elected to first have a preliminary hearing in front of a provincial court judge. At a preliminary inquiry, a judge must determine if the Crown has enough evidence to justify holding a trial. If the judge determines that there is enough evidence, then Dupas will be required to decide whether he wants to be tried by a judge or a jury.

Josh Lequiere died on May 20 after being stabbed multiple times.

Jim Lequiere is Josh’s father. He has often said his family understands that “the wheels of justice turn slowly”, but he was happy that on Wednesday, they were starting to speed up.

The court is expected to fix dates for both Moore and Dupas’ next court appearances on Friday.

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