Kirk Joseph Russell and Victoria Sherri Purcell are charged with second-degree murder for the alleged July 7, 2017 killing of Douglas Presseau downtown Chilliwack. (RCMP/Facebook)

Accused in 2017 downtown Chilliwack murder set for preliminary inquiry in two weeks

Court appearance on July 17 to shorten length of hearing for Kirkland Russell and Victoria Purcell

Lawyers for the man and woman accused of the murder of Doug Presseau downtown Chilliwack one year ago were in court Tuesday morning to shorten the length of the preliminary inquiry for the case.

Kirkland Joseph Russell appeared via video from the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre where he has been for nearly a year since his arrest on July 22, 2017.

Victoria Sherri Purcell, who was also arrested that day with Russell, did not appear in court Tuesday, but her lawyer Gurpreet Gill was present.

Crown counsel, Gill and Russell’s lawyer Kasandra Cronin agreed that a scheduled eight-day preliminary inquiry set to begin on July 30 was more court time than needed. They all agreed to shorten that to six days set to start Aug. 1.

A preliminary hearing or inquiry is set when an accused chooses to have a trial in B.C. Supreme Court. The hearing is for the court to decide if there is enough evidence to achieve a conviction.

Russell and Purcell each face one count of second-degree murder for the alleged incident that occurred on July 7, 2017.

Also killed that busy night at or near the old Empress parking lot at Five Corners was Steven Drage, yet no one has been arrested or charged in his death.

During a court appearance in November 2017, Crown suggested that more charges were to be considered against Russell, but what those charges might be was not disclosed. As of yet no further charges had been approved.

The 34-year-old Russell remains in custody while 29-year-old Purcell has been out on bail since October.

Publication bans will prevent the content of the preliminary inquiry from being reported.

• READ MORE: Man accused in downtown Chilliwack murder facing more charges

• READ MORE: Chilliwack man charged with murder once labelled a high risk sex offender


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Two people were charged with the murder of Doug Presseau of Chilliwack on July 7, 2017. (Handout)

Just Posted

Do you have the right ID to vote in Chilliwack’s municipal election?

Chilliwack residents will need identification that proves both residency and identity

Anti-SOGI Chilliwack school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Fraser Valley Labour Council endorses four Chilliwack school board candidates

Union group endorses three for city council, pulls endorsement for mayoral hopeful Sam Waddington

Man accused of killing Belgian tourist along Highway 1 appears in court

Sean McKenzie, 27, made second court appearance since his arrest in connection with the murder of Amelie Sakkalis

Driver assaulted near Agassiz following road rage incident

RCMP ask for public’s help identifying suspects involved in Highway 9 incident

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

3 in serious condition after altercation on Granville strip: police

Patrol officers came upon the fight just after 3 a.m. on Granville Street near Helmcken Street

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Pedestrian rushed to Lower Mainland hospital after being hit by car

Friday night crash is latest in rash of collisions involving pedestrians in Surrey

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Most Read