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Preliminary hearings bypassed in alleged serial killer cases

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Accused killer Shawn Cameron Lamb made a surprise appearance in court Thursday, opting for trial in Queen’s Bench for the deaths of Lorna Blacksmith and Carolyn Sinclair.

No date was set for trial but Lamb’s lawyer hinted he might plead guilty.

When talking to reporters, Martin Glazer said the move eliminates the need for witnesses to testify at a preliminary hearing and added they might not have to testify at the trial.

Lamb is charged with three counts of second-degree murder.

Glazer said Lamb has been in custody for 14 months since his arrest in June 2012, adding it was time to get the case against his client moving.

"I have made a procedural move that will expedite Shawn Lamb’s day in court," Glazer said in a brief statement to reporters following court.

"It’s in Shawn Lamb’s best interests and in the interest of justice."

Lamb appeared briefly in court, wearing a grey T-shirt and sweatpants, his hair long and straggly, and sporting a day’s growth of facial hair.

Lamb told the court he agreed with the motions to move the murder cases directly to trial.

On the third murder, of Tanya Nepinak, Glazer said that charge remains in provincial court, adjourned to Oct. 25 along with several other lesser charges including those for sexual assault.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM CDT: Adds minor details.

7:11 PM: Adds missing word.

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