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Foord murder case pre-trial to continue through fall

Case may move to Prince George for jury selection

Pre-trial proceedings for murder suspect John Keyler will likely continue into late November and early December before formal trial dates are set.

Keyler appeared briefly by video for a continuation of his pre-trial conference in Fort St. John Supreme Court on Monday as Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers prepare for a trial.

The case is still expected go before a jury once proceedings are finished, but the location may shift to Prince George to reduce conflict of interest when selecting jurors, court heard.

Keyler was arrested at the end of July 2020 after a two-week investigation into the disappearance of Sarah Foord from her home in Taylor. RCMP said Foord's remains were found in a remote location 75 kilometres north of Fort St. John.

Keyler is charged with second degree murder and interfering with human remains. He remains in custody and has not been found guilty of the charges.

A preliminary inquiry earlier this year found there was sufficient evidence to try for a conviction.

Pre-trial proceedings will resume in early September.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at