High profile trials set for next year

By Doug Collins
July 11, 2017 - 5:43am

KAMLOOPS — It will be next year before two high profile trials begin in Kamloops. 

Kristopher Teichrieb is facing a charge of attempted murder, and his trial will start January 8th of next year.

He was charged after 18 year old Jessie Simpson was beaten near a Brocklhurst home in June of last year. Simpson has been in hospital ever since.

Court officials say the January date could be changed, as Teichrieb's lawyer was not in court for yesterday's appearance. 

And March 26th of 2018 will see the start of the trial for Jason Gourlay of Kamloops.

He's the man accused in connection with the death of  teenager Jennifer Gatey in November of last year.

Gatey, on the eve of her 17th birthday, was waiting at a bus stop in Aberdeen, when she was hit by a vehicle which left the scene.

Gourlay is facing several charges in connection with the case, including failure to remain at the scene of an accident, possession of heroin and fentanyl, laid after a search of his home in Dufferin, and one count of obstruction of justice.

Four weeks have been set aside for the trial itself, but there will also be a week-long voir dire in February to argue evidence to be allowed in the case. 

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