A preliminary inquiry is underway in Fort St John provincial court with lawyers examining the facts in the criminal case against John Wendell Keyler for the murder of Sarah Foord.

Witnesses are expected to give expert testimony on the matter by video over four days scheduled next week, starting March 9. The case will likely revolve around two confessions given by Keyler, one taken in custody and one before custody.

Keyler was arrested and charged at the end of July 2020 following a two-week investigation into Foord’s disappearance. Her remains were found July 24 in a remote location 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John.

He is charged with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains, and has not yet been formally arraigned on the charges to enter a plea. He remains in custody.

Keyler last appeared in court by video in November, where his lawyer Kelly Merrigan requested an adjournment for the inquiry and a second set of disclosure from the Crown, including an RCMP lab report. Merrigan was given a hard drive containing a first round of evidence last year.

A preliminary inquiry is held for the court to decide if there is enough evidence to convict the accused.

tsummer@ahnfsj.ca