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Second-degree murder case against Steffin Rees moves forward

Preliminary hearing set for seven days in December

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Steffin Rees, the man charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Preston Pellerin, 17, on Nov. 15 in the downtown core.

A seven-day preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 7-11 and Dec. 14-15 in Courtroom C.

A preliminary hearing is held by the court to decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. The prosecutor presents the most important parts of the evidence against the accused, and may call witnesses to give evidence.

In Rees’ case, all witnesses have been subpoenaed, the court heard Tuesday as the dates for the preliminary hearing were confirmed. 

If there isn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial, the court will dismiss the charge.

Rees, who also faces a drug possession charge, is being represented by defence lawyer Robert Beckett. 

A second person has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder, and one count of obstructing justice in Pellerin’s death.


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