The case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur returned for a brief experience in court on Thursday as the pre-trial continues.
The 67-year-old former landscaper is facing eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.
Police found the remains of seven of the men in large planters at a property where McArthur worked as a landscaper.
The remains of the eighth alleged victim were found in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.
Justice John McMahon met with Crown prosecutors and McArthur’s defence lawyers around 8 a.m. to discuss how the trial will proceed. McArthur was then briefly spoken to afterwards.
His next court appearance is scheduled for January 16.
McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing in October, moving the case to Superior Court.
The judge announced last month that the trial will begin in January of 2020.