Hearing testimony in 2016 murder begins
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A murder charge against another man in the Pike case was withdrawn July 31.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 In April a charge against a Sarnia woman, laid in connection to Pike’s murder, was withdrawn by the Crown.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.