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2023 trial date set for Kelly Lake murder suspect

KELLY LAKE, B.C. – A trial date has been set for homicide suspect Morgen Lambert-Bouma, who stands accused of …

KELLY LAKE, B.C. – A trial date has been set for homicide suspect Morgen Lambert-Bouma, who stands accused of killing 54-year-old Owen Cardinal in 2019 in Kelly Lake.

Lambert-Bouma made a brief appearance by video in Dawson Creek Supreme Court Monday morning, with the trial set to start January 31st, 2023.

The 26-year-old was arrested on August 16th, 2019, after RCMP were called to a home after reports of an assault.

After arriving at the scene, officers found Cardinal, 54, fatally wounded, along with Lambert-Bouma. Both were known to each other, according to police. Lambert-Bouma was taken in custody and charged with second-degree murder.

Earlier this month, Justice Marguerite Church ruled Lambert-Bouma was mentally fit to stand trial, though he was ordered to stay in custody at the Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital during the proceedings.

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