Case of Burling­ton woman found slain in apart­ment go­ing to trial in June 2018

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The case of a Burling­ton woman found dead in her apart­ment is go­ing to trial.

Mal­colm Copeland of Markham, who turns 45 on Mon­day, is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of El­iz­a­beth Nu­gent.

Nu­gent, 32, died from knife wounds to the neck. Her body was found in her down­town Burling­ton apart­ment on Pearl Street on Oct. 27, 2014 af­ter a Hal­ton po­lice stand­off with a man.

A trial con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing is set for May 18, 2018 in Mil­ton court.

Pre-trial mo­tions will be held May 28.

At a pre-trial, the judge meets with the de­fence coun­sel and Crown to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to the up­com­ing trial.

A trial is slated to be­gin June 4 in Mil­ton. It is ex­pected to last up to four weeks.

Copeland, who has changed lawyers a cou­ple of times, is now rep­re­sented by high-pro­file Toronto lawyer Ed­ward Sapi­ano.

El­iz­a­beth Nu­gent was stabbed.

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