Damien Taylor will go to trial on second degree murder charges in the death of his former girlfriend CJ Fowler

Date set for murder trial of Terrace girl in Kamloops

A six-week trial has been scheduled to determine whether Damien Taylor is responsible for the murder of his girlfriend, C.J. Fowler.

  • Oct. 20, 2014 1:00 p.m.

A six-week trial is scheduled to start in September of next year to determine whether Damien Taylor is responsible for the murder of his girlfriend, C.J. Fowler.

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has fixed Sept. 28, 2015, as the start date for a jury trial on the charge of second-degree murder.

Taylor, 22, was arrested in January after police spent more than a year investigating the death of 16-year-old Fowler.

Fowler’s body was discovered in Guerin Creek, near downtown Kamloops, on Dec. 5, 2012.

The Crown called 16 witnesses at Taylor’s preliminary inquiry — a pre-trial hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

All evidence heard at a preliminary inquiry is subject to an automatic publication ban.

At the time of her death, police said Fowler, who was from the Terrace area, had been visiting friends in Kamloops.

Investigators believe Fowler and Taylor, who were involved in a romantic relationship at the time, travelled to Kamloops together.

Fowler had apparently been planning to return home to Terrace before she was killed.

Taylor has remained in custody since his arrest.

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