FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Sarah Foord murder case is expected to proceed to a jury trial after a preliminary inquiry was held in March.

The hearing was conducted for the court to decide whether the evidence is there to convict the accused. Information from the hearing is under a publication ban.

The Crown prosecutor told Energeticcity the case was adjourned for completion of disclosure. The process has the crown and police go over the police investigator file to redact any privileged or sensitive information, which is then given to the defence counsel.  The disclosure is expected to be completed by the next court date, April 29th.

John Wendell Keyler is charged with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains. He has not been found guilty of the charge.

Keyler’s lawyer requested an adjournment in November to set a date for the inquiry, and for a second set of disclosure to be examined, including a lab report from RCMP.

Keyler was arrested and charged at the end of July 2020 after a two-week investigation into Foord’s disappearance. Foord had been considered missing before her remains were found July 24th in a remote location 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John.