Alleged Penticton shooter John Brittain appeared in court via video on Monday, Dec. 9, and opted to proceed straight to trial.
Paul McMurray, council to Brittain, explained that they no longer intended to proceed with preliminary inquiry, and consented to the new order to stand trial by judge and jury.
Brittain is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in relation to the April 15 shootings that took the lives of Darlene Knippelberg, Susan and Barry Wonch and Rudi Winter.
Brittain’s case will be brought back to court in Penticton on Jan. 27, 2020, where a trial date will be scheduled.
For most indictable offences, the accused has a right to conduct or waive a preliminary hearing prior to a trial. In this case, Brittain waived this right, and chose to proceed straight to an appearance in Supreme Court.