Jury selection to begin in Foerster trial

Jury selection is set to begin in the Matthew Foerster murder trail following two weeks of legal arguments in front of a judge at the Kelowna Courthouse.

Foerster is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Taylor Van Diest, a teenager who was killed while walking to a party on Halloween night in 2011.

Jury selection is expected to take two days and the trial itself will begin once that group has been chosen, with a presumed start date of March 24.

Members of the Van Diest family have been vocal throughout the proceedings, which have been delayed numerous times as Foerster repeatedly changed his counsel. They say they’ll be at the courthouse every day until a decision has been reached.

Meanwhile, Foerster’s father has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact and obstructing justice. His next scheduled court appearance will be in May.


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