Trial begins for man accused in Princeton double homicide

The murder trial of John Ike Koopmans gets underway in Penticton courthouse this morning.
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PENTICTON - The trial of a man accused of a double homicide and attempted murder of a third individual near Princeton in 2013  begins in Penticton this morning.

The jury  trial of John Ike Koopmans is slated to get underway in Penticton Supreme Court this morning, Feb.16.

Koopmans was charged in 2013 with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after being arrested in connection to the deaths of Robert Wharton, 44, and Rose Fox, 32. He was also charged with attempted murder of another individual.

The bodies of the victims were discovered on a property on Old Hedley Road near Princeton in early 2013.

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