Penticton and South Okanagan
Koopmans inquiry to be in Penticton
Aug 27, 2013 / 5:00 am
The preliminary inquiry for the man accused of shooting two Princeton residents and wounding another, will take place in Penticton.
Don Skogstad, the lawyer for John Ike Koopmans, made the request Monday, saying his client has received threats and there is greater security in Penticton than there is in Princeton.
Judge Gregory Koturbash agreed, saying Princeton is not a satisfactory venue, and the case needs to be moved to Penticton for the purposes of the preliminary inquiry.
The inquiry is estimated to take four days.
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.
On that night, 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 was not identified.
Koopmans appeared by video in court. The bearded man, who wears glasses, showed little emotion during the appearance.
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