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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It will be at least two more weeks before dates are scheduled for John Keyler’s murder trial.

Keyler is charged with second degree murder in the death of Sarah Foord last year, as well as interfering with human remains.

The matter is expected to proceed to jury trial after a preliminary inquiry was held and determined in March that there was sufficient evidence to try for a conviction. Proceedings were delayed in May after Keyler’s lawyer stepped down from the case.

Keyler appeared by video in Fort St. John Supreme Court on Monday, explaining that a new lawyer has agreed to take the case but has not yet been officially retained.

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

Keyler has not been found guilty of the charges, and trial dates are now expected to be set in early July.

Earlier this month, Keyler was sentenced to six months in prison for possessing a rifle contrary to court orders in 2019. He remains in custody.

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