Proceedings adjourned in first-degree murder case

Court proceedings have been adjourned until later this month against a man accused in the first-degree murder of a Red Deer resident.

Court proceedings have been adjourned until later this month against a man accused in the first-degree murder of a Red Deer resident.

The body of Curtis Leroy Rangen, 43, was found in a freezer in his Potter’s Hands Housing apartment on May 3.

Mark William Bitterman, 30, arrested in Kamloops, B.C., on other charges, was charged with first-degree murder by Red Deer City RCMP investigating Rangen’s death.

Bitterman appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Friday, by closed-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre. He asked for an adjournment for two more weeks, advising the court that he does not yet have a lawyer.

Bitterman is due back in court on July 30 to enter a plea on the murder charges as well as numerous other charges arising from allegations that he took part in an escort service scam in Red Deer.

Police allege that Bitterman and two others lured escort clients online and then beat and robbed them when they showed up for their appointments.

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