Accused shooter's trial set

A trial date was set Monday in Supreme Court in Penticton for the man accused of shooting two people to death and wounding a third in Princeton.

The trial for John Ike Koopmans is slated to start Feb. 16, 2015 and  will likely take several weeks.

Koopmans, 49, is charged with two counts of murder and one charge of attempted murder, stemming from an 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 has remained in custody since his arrest.

He was ordered to stand trial, at the end of his preliminary hearing, held February in Penticton.



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