July 1, 2006 |
A judge set the trial of suspected serial killer Robert Pickton for Jan. 8. He is accused of killing 26 of nearly 70 Vancouver women who disappeared starting in the late 1980s and as recently as 2002, before his arrest. Defense attorneys have said the trial could last up to two years. Pickton, 56, has pleaded not guilty. Canadian police have said DNA from some victims was found at Pickton's pig farm.
December 16, 2003 |
A suspect linked to the disappearances of more than 60 women will face seven new first-degree murder charges on top of the 15 already filed, prosecutors in British Columbia said. Robert Pickton, a former pig farmer, is charged in a case involving dozens of women missing from Vancouver's downtown east end, an area frequented by prostitutes and drug addicts.
July 24, 2003 |
A farmer will go on trial for 15 counts of murder in the worst serial killing in Canadian history, a judge announced at a preliminary hearing. Judge David Stone spoke to a packed Vancouver courtroom as police continued their investigation. Robert Pickton, 53, is accused of killing 15 women, mostly drug addicts and sex workers, who disappeared without a trace from the Vancouver area over two decades.
May 24, 2002 |
CANADA A pig farmer who is accused of killing six Vancouver women and suspected in the deaths of more than 40 others appeared in a British Columbia court, saying nothing and rolling his eyes on hearing that he faced a seventh murder charge. Robert Pickton, 52, in custody since February, had been charged with killing six of the women. His lawyer said Pickton was shocked to learn that police filed a seventh murder charge Wednesday.
February 7, 2007 |
A man accused of brutally killing a number of drug addicts and prostitutes said he eventually wanted to kill as many as 75 women, an undercover Canadian police officer testified. Robert Pickton is alleged to have made the comments in a jail cell conversation with the undercover agent shortly after his arrest in 2002. The officer cannot be named by court order. Pickton has been charged with 26 murders, although the current trial deals with only six.
December 10, 2002 |
Police found remains of five of the 15 women Robert Pickton is accused of killing in their search of his Vancouver pig farm, a defense lawyer said. Lawyer Marilyn Sandford provided some of the first public details of the case against Pickton, 53, who faces 15 first-degree murder charges.