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Preliminary inquiry set in Killarney first-degree murder case

Kerry Burke charged in the shooting death of his brother

A four-day preliminary inquiry is set to begin Feb. 15 for a Killarney man charged with the first-degree murder of his brother.

Kerry Burke, 59, was represented by his defence counsel, Glenn Sandberg, on Monday to set the date. A preliminary hearing determines if there is enough evidence for a case to proceed to trial.

Kerry Burke was arrested Nov. 24, 2020 and charged after police allege he shot and killed his own brother, Brant Burke, who was found dead on a trail in the Point Grondine reserve off Highway 637 on Oct. 25, 2020.

He has remained in custody since his arrest.

Brant’s wife, Melissa Sheridan, has also been charged with first-degree murder. Sheridan was arrested on Nov. 25, 2020 following an investigation by Wiikwemkoong Tribal Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

She was granted bail following her arrest. She is headed for a trial confirmation hearing on April 5.