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Preliminary hearing scheduled in year-old second-degree murder case 

Douglas Jeffries allegedly stabbed and killed another person in downtown Sudbury on Oct. 14, 2020
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Greater Sudbury Police look over the scene of an Oct. 14, 2020 stabbing that killed one person. The accused, Douglas Jeffries, is headed to a preliminary hearing this month. (File)

A five-day preliminary hearing is scheduled this month for the man charged with second-degree murder following a stabbing in the downtown on Oct. 14, 2020.

Douglas Jeffries, represented by defence lawyer Michael Haraschuk, was arrested in Toronto on Oct. 16, 2020, and returned to Greater Sudbury. 

Haraschuk and the Crown attorney’s office confirmed they are ready to proceed with the preliminary hearing, slated to begin Sept. 20.

Greater Sudbury Police said at the time of the incident that a 25-year-old man was stabbed outside a cash store on Elm Street. Police said just before 1:50 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2020, officers were called regarding a serious assault near the Cash Money on Elm Street downtown. 

Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, who had sustained serious injuries and required immediate medical attention. The victim was taken to Health Sciences North, but died Oct. 15.