The preliminary inquiry for a Kamloops-area man facing a murder charge stemming from the death of his girlfriend more than 20 years ago will get underway next month.
A brief hearing was held on Wednesday (Dec. 2) in Kamloops provincial court, where lawyers outlined anticipated issues in the two-week hearing.
Accused Trent Larsen, 53, attended by video from jail.
Larsen, who is from Chasm, near Clinton, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 27-year-old Angel Lyn Fehr, who was reported missing in 2000. According to court documents, Larsen is alleged to have killed Fehr in Kamloops on May 2, 2000.
Fehr was last seen on April 23, 2000, when she had Easter dinner with her family in Abbotsford. After dinner, Fehr and Larsen are believed to have driven back to Kamloops. Fehr was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Investigators have said they determined early in the investigation that it was out of character for Fehr to be out of contact with her two daughters, who were then young girls. Fehr also missed prenatal appointments and her banking and cellphone activity came to an abrupt halt.
According to police, Fehr’s body was located on a rural property near 100 Mile House about a week after Larsen’s arrest on Sept. 15, 2019.
Evidence presented at the preliminary inquiry will be protected by a court-ordered ban on publication. Preliminary inquiries are hearings at which a provincial court judge determines whether there is enough evidence for an accused person to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court.
Larsen’s two-week preliminary inquiry is slated to begin on Jan. 18, 2021.