Pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry into killing of Dart­mouth man set for Fe­bru­ary

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A pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry will be held in Fe­bru­ary for a for­mer Cole Har­bour man who was ex­tra­dited to Canada from Venezuela to face a charge of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der.

Steven Dou­glas Skin­ner, 44, is ac­cused of shooting Stacey Adams to death at a home in Lake Echo in 2011.

The mixed mar­tial arts fighter fled the coun­try af­ter the homi­cide.

He was ar­rested on a beach in Venezuela in May 2016 and brought back to Nova Sco­tia this June.

Skin­ner ap­peared in Dart­mouth provincial court Fri­day with lawyer Stan Mac­Don­ald.

Al­though Mac­Don­ald has yet to re­ceive all the ev­i­dence against his client, Judge Dan MacRury wanted to set dates for a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry.

The judge sched­uled the hear­ing for 10 days be­gin­ning Feb. 5. Skin­ner will re­main in cus­tody at the Cen­tral Nova Sco­tia Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dart­mouth.

Adams, 20, of Dart­mouth, was found dead in a car parked out­side a home on Shadewell Lane in April 2011.

Po­lice ob­tained a war­rant for Skin­ner’s ar­rest that July and charged Brit­tany Leigh Der­byshire, 29, of Fletch­ers Lake with be­ing an ac­ces­sory to mur­der af­ter the fact.

Der­byshire was found not guilty af­ter a Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court judge ruled her con­fes­sion to two un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers pos­ing as out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang mem­bers was in­ad­mis­si­ble at trial.

Skin­ner faces eight other charges — in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault, forcible con­fine­ment and as­sault with a weapon — from an in­ci­dent in Lower Sackville in July 2009.

That trial is set for Jan­uary in Dart­mouth court.

Steven Skin­ner

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