September 03, 2013 - 2:30 PM
KELOWNA – The murder trial for the man accused in the 2010 homicide of Brittney Lee Irving will begin next Monday.
Joe Verma is accused of first degree murder and will be tried by jury in Kelowna Supreme Court.
Police recovered Irving's body a few weeks after she was first reported missing on April 6, 2010. A family member last saw the victim, then 24, on the 2600 block of Harvey Avenue. They believed she was going to meet someone in the Rutland area and was driving a blue ford SUV. A day later police found her vehicle abandoned near Philpot Road just off Highway 33.
Verma was arrested June 25, 2010 in connection with the death.
He appeared in Kelowna Supreme Court this morning for pre-trial arguments. Verma is represented by defence lawyers Jordan and Alexander Watt. Lawyer Iain Currie is representing crown counsel.
Jury selection will take place Monday.
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