Pre-trial conference set for suspect in Kamloops murder – About Your Online Magazine

A pre-trial conference will be held next month for a man accused of connection with a stab death in the city center last summer.

Last week, Crown and defense lawyers scheduled a pre-trial conference on March 8 that will determine the length of a preliminary investigation into the Jason Holm case.

Holm, 37, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Paul Samuel Whitten, who was stabbed to death on August 1, 2020.

Police said they were called to a home on Clarke Street in the West End, where Whitten was found with serious injuries. He died later and Holm was arrested shortly afterwards.

The Independent Investigations Office, the right arm of the B.C. police, is investigating the circumstances that led to Whitten’s death because Mounties was looking for Holm before Whitten was killed.

“On July 31, Kamloops RCMP received a call from a woman concerned about the mental health of a male relative,” said IIO in a press release released last summer. “The police visited the man’s home, but reported that they had been unable to locate him.”

A preliminary inquiry lasting at least a week is expected, as it will also address issues with some of the witnesses raised by the defense, Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston told the court.

Holm was due to appear in court by videoconference last week to elect a trial, but he refused to leave his cell.

Paula Fonseca