Verma trial starts with voir dire

The first-degree murder trial of Joelon David Atish Verma got underway this morning with a voir dire at the Kelowna Courthouse, in order to determine what evidence can be presented at trial.

Verma is accused of killing Brittney Irving in April 2010. She was reported missing on April 7, and her body was discovered on May 25.

The evidence given at the voir dire cannot be reported on. As the information may or may not be allowed at the trial itself. The jury is not present during this part of the trial, they will only hear about the approved evidence.

Verma was present at the proceedings and wore prison issued clothing.

The trial is expected to last between six and eight weeks.


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