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Development expected in alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's case: police

Bruce McArthur is shown in a Facebook photo. Toronto police say a significant development is expected in the case of an alleged serial killer accused of preying on men who disappeared from the city's gay village.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook *MANDATORY CREDIT*

TORONTO — Police say a significant development is expected in court today in the case of an alleged serial killer accused of preying on men who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village.

Bruce McArthur, 67, faces eight counts of first-degree murder related to men who vanished between 2010 and 2017.

Toronto police notified the media about the development on Monday, but declined to comment further.

Late last year, McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing, opting to go straight to trial.

The self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018 and eventually charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.

The remains of seven men were found in large planters at a residential property in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked, while the remains of an eighth man were found in a nearby ravine.

Police have identified the alleged victims as Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

The Canadian Press