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Foerster murder trial begins

Nearly two and a half years after their daughter was murdered, the family of Taylor Van Diest hopes today will begin to bring closure to everyone involved.

Matthew Foerster’s first-degree murder trial is slated to begin at the Kelowna Courthouse, following weeks of legal arguments and jury selection.

He is accused of killing Van Diest, whose body was found on Halloween night 2011, in Armstrong.

She had been walking along a set of railroad tracks towards a party when she was attacked and beaten.

Both Foerster and his father were arrested in 2012, with Matthew getting picked up on the other side of the country – at a motel in Collingwood, ON.

His father Stephen was charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact.

After changing his defence counsel numerous times, Foerster will finally stand trial in the case which is expected to last several weeks.

Castanet will be providing extensive coverage of the trial in its entirety.

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