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Bacon trial delay continues

The trial of gangster Jonathan Bacon's accused killers has been delayed until January.

Lawyers in the long-running murder trial met with Justice Allan Betton Wednesday to discuss the delays.

Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Khun-Khun face first-degree murder and attempted murder charges for the Aug. 14, 2011, midday killing of Bacon outside Kelowna's Delta Grand Hotel.

After several delays, the trial began in May, and the court has since heard testimony from several RCMP officers, witnesses of the shooting and former gang associates-turned Crown witnesses.

The trial is currently in the middle of its longest delay yet, as the court waits for the Witness Protection Program to comb through statements made by the remaining witnesses before the transcripts are given to the accused.

The last three Crown witnesses are all former associates of the accused, and they've now become co-operating witnesses.

In August, defence applied to have access to transcripts of the remaining witnesses' interviews with their RCMP handlers, as defence argued the information would be pertinent to their cross-examinations.

Before the transcripts are given to the accused, Witness Protection must go through the lengthy records and ensure there is no information that could compromise their safety.

The lawyers will meet next on Dec. 7 to determine the progress on the transcripts.

Regardless, Justice Betton expects they won't be able to proceed with the trial until early to mid-January.



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