Hear­ing tes­ti­mony in 2016 mur­der be­gins

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - NEIL BOWEN nbowen@post­media.com

Tes­ti­mony from the first wit­ness was not com­pleted Mon­day dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing re­gard­ing a Sar­nia mur­der.

Lee Dion, 31, of Sar­nia was charged with the March 25, 2016 mur­der of Jonathan Pike, 26.

Pike’s body was found in a wooded area in south Sar­nia March 25.

The hear­ing will de­ter­mine if there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to pro­ceed to trial.

The hear­ing in Sar­nia court is ex­pected to con­tinue for two weeks.

A mur­der charge against an­other man in the Pike case was with­drawn July 31. War­ren Wil­liams, 46, of Sar­nia was re­leased from cus­tody when the Crown with­drew the charge.

No com­ment could be made about rea­son for the with­drawal due to the on­go­ing case gainst Dion, said Lambton Crown at­tor­ney David Rows at the time of Wil­liams re­lease.

Wil­liams had been in cus­tody since June 16, 2016. Dion re­mains in cus­tody. In April a charge against a Sar­nia woman, laid in con­nec­tion to Pike’s mur­der, was with­drawn by the Crown.

Vic­to­ria Bur­ridge had been charged as an ac­ces­sory af­ter the mur­der.

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