The lawyer of a woman accused in the murder of Loretta Saunders says he expects the case’s evidence disclosure to be “voluminous” and more time is needed to review it.
Pat Atherton appeared in Halifax provincial court on Wednesday on behalf of 28-year-old Victoria Henneberry. The case was adjourned until April 9.
Henneberry and her boyfriend Blake Leggette, 25, were both charged with first-degree murder after Saunder’s body was found on a New Brunswick highway median late last month.
Atherton said he hasn’t received the disclosure and the defence lawyers will need time to review it once it’s in their hands.
He told Judge Michael Sherar that a date for a preliminary hearing could be set when the case returns to court.
But Leggette’s laywer Lyle Howe, who also appeared in court Wednesday on behalf of his client, said that was unlikely.
“I doubt we’ll be in a position to set a date at that point,” said Howe outside court.
“April 9th doesn’t give us too much time, so I assume we’ll need some time to review it before we set the date down.”
Howe also said lawyer Terry Sheppard would be working with him on the case.
“This file needs all the hands we can on deck to help Mr. Leggette out,” said Sheppard.
Saunders’s death has prompted calls for a national inquiry for missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The 26-year-old Saint Mary’s University student had been writing her thesis on that topic before her disappearance on Feb. 13.