Penticton & South Okanagan News
Inquiry begins in Princeton murder case
The preliminary inquiry for the man accused of shooting two people and wounding a third in Princeton, got underway in a Penticton courtroom on Tuesday.
The inquiry for John Ike Koopmans will likely take four or five days, with 15 to 20 witnesses expected to be called. There is no date set as yet for a jury trial.
Koopmans, 49, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, stemming from the incident that took place on a rural property in Princeton on March 30, 2013.
Rosemary, (Rose), Fox, 32 and Robert Keith Wharton, 44, both of Princeton, were found dead on a property on Old Hedley Road.
A second man, who received life threatening wounds and was hospitalized, was also found at the scene. He has not been identified.
Koopmans appeared in court clad in red prison attire, wearing glasses and sporting a beard, mustache and short hair.
He sat quietly through the proceedings.
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