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Murder suspect facing additional charges

A man accused of murdering and then dumping the body of a Red Deer woman faces additional, unrelated charges today in Red Deer provincial court.

Jenna Cartwright, 21, was reported missing in April of 2011. Her body was found in a ditch near Olds on May 3, 2011. RCMP officers investigating the file allege that she was killed on March 30.

Bashir Gaashaan, 30, of no fixed address, was charged on June 20, 2011, with a number of offences related to her death as well as theft, weapons, drug and assault charges.

Gaashaan later pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges relating to Cartwright’s death.

He was ordered to stand trial following a preliminary inquiry held in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

Gaashaan, who remains in custody, was to return to court today to enter pleas on the remaining charges.

A date for his murder trial has not been set.

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