Anahim Lake double homicide trial to likely take place outside Williams Lake

It is anticipated the 2014 Anahim Lake Boxing Day double homicide trial will take place outside of Williams Lake.

It is anticipated the 2014 Anahim Lake Boxing Day double homicide trial will take place outside of Williams Lake, the closest community to Anahim Lake with a Supreme Court.

Lawyers representing the Crown and the accused have agreed that the court will apply for the trial to be heard  possibly in Prince George, Kamloops or Vancouver.

However, two of the defense lawyers appearing by telephone Monday, April 4 in Williams Lake Supreme Court said they were opposed to having the trial held in Prince George.

The court is being asked to set aside three months for the trial.

On Monday Supreme Court Justice Anthony Saunders adjourned the matter until May 2, 2016 to fix a date for the trial.

The case involves the murders of Matthew Hennigar, 23, of Anahim Lake and Kalvin Andy, 22, of Bella Coola who were found deceased inside a home in the 2100 block of Dorsey Road.

Just before midnight on Dec. 26, 2014 the Anahim Lake RCMP had received a report of gunshots fired in the home.

Charged with first degree murder is Everett O’Reilly.

Andrew  Jongbloets, Christian Craciun and Serena Rhem are charged with second degree murder.

The four have remained in custody since being arrested and charged in December 2014.  A publication ban on any evidence presented to the court remains in place.

Lucille Mack and Stephen Mecham,  charged with manslaughter in the case, are not part of this trial.

They last appeared in court in Williams Lake on March 17, 2016.