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Accused in double murder cases pursues mistrial

Lawyers will meet on September 8 to fix a date for a sentencing hearing and a mistrial application in the John Koopmans murder trial.
August 24, 2015 - 2:15 PM

PENTICTON - The defence lawyer for the man convicted in the double homicide of two Princeton residents and the attempted murder of a third is applying for a mistrial application.

Lawyers handling the Koopmans murder trial discussed future court appearances for sentencing and a mistrial application in Penticton Supreme Court today, Aug. 24.

John Ike Koopmans, 51, was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder on April 11, after a lengthy jury trial in Penticton earlier this year.

Crown Prosecutor Frank Dubenski told Judge Kenneth Affleck via telephone in Penticton Supreme Court that he and defence lawyer Don Skogstad would need one day to deal with a mistrial application over Koopman’s attempted murder charge, and two days for a sentencing hearing.

The parties will meet again on September 8 to fix dates for both matters.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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