Almost a year will pass before a judge and jury will hear the trial of a man accused of killing a Red Deer woman and then dumping her body in a ditch near Olds.
Bashir Gaashaan, 30, has remained in custody since his arrest in Thunder Bay, Ont., in June 2011 by police investigating the disappearance and murder of Jenna Cartwright, 21.
Cartwright had been reported missing on April 12, 2011.
Her partially-clothed body was found in a ditch about 14 kms northeast of Olds about two weeks later, on May 3. Police allege that she died on March 30.
Gaashaan is charged with first-degree murder, unlawful confinement and committing an indignity to human remains in connection with Cartwright’s disappearance and death.
Represented by Red Deer lawyer Will Willms, Gaashaan appeared briefly in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday, during which it was confirmed that he will be tried by Queen’s Bench judge and jury during the three-week period starting Feb. 4, 2014.
Gaashaan faces additional charges arising from an earlier incident, including flight from police, assault with a weapon, robbery, extortion, possession of a weapon for a dangerous use and use of an imitation firearm to commit an offence.