Accused in murder case to return to court

A man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a man at a Red Deer Potter’s Hands apartment will return to court next Tuesday.

A man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a man at a Red Deer Potter’s Hands apartment will return to court next Tuesday.

Mark William Bitterman, 31, appeared at Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday via a closed-circuit TV link to the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Bitterman is accused of killing Curtis Leroy Rangen, 43, whose body was found on May 3 in a chest freezer inside his apartment.

Police allege Rangen was killed during a break-in at his home.

In a separate case, Bitterman and two others face numerous charges in connection with an alleged escort services scam in Red Deer. Charges include kidnapping, extortion, assault and weapons offences.

Bitterman’s lawyer was waiting for disclosure from the Crown so the cases were adjourned until next week.

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