A preliminary hearing has begun for the man accused of killing 16-year-old CJ Fowler, a Terrace resident originally from the Hazeltons,
Damien Taylor is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Fowler, whose body was found in Guerin Creek near downtown Kamloops on Dec. 5, 2012.
Taylor’s preliminary hearing began yesterday and is scheduled for four days and will hear testimony from 16 witnesses.
Police have said Fowler and Taylor had been involved in a dating relationship at the time and had travelled together from Terrace, where they lived, to Kamloops.
The two had been in Kamloops visiting friends and police believe Fowler was planning to return to Terrace prior to her death.
Taylor, 22, was arrested after an RCMP investigation that lasted more than a year.
On Jan. 10 of this year, Mounties took him into custody in Kelowna, where he had been living.
A preliminary hearing is a pre-trial matter held to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.
All evidence and testimony presented is subject to a publication ban.
(Story courtesy Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, B.C.)