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Trial adjourned until next month


The case surrounding the murder of a Deep River woman continues to proceed.

John Craig Cameron, 52, of Parry Sound, made a brief appearance in provincial court Tuesday where Justice Robert Selkirk agreed to adjourn the matter until next month.

Defence counsel Adrian Cleaver, acting as agent for Mr. Cameron's Ottawa-based lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, requested a date be set for a judicial pre-trial and a preliminary hearing. A video remand on Oct. 7 will determine those dates.

Last spring, Mr. Cameron was charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Michelle Cameron. The 27-year-old mother of two was found dead in a residence on Claremount Road in Deep River on March 15. Ms. Cameron was an employee of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River.

Police have identified Mr. Cameron as the father-in-law of the deceased. Ontario Provincial Police in Parry Sound took him into custody after he turned himself into authorities.

A preliminary hearing is the process where the judge determines if there is enough evidence to require a trial. A judicial pre-trial, which is a meeting between a Crown attorney, the defence lawyer and a judge, is used to canvass disclosure issues, narrow trial issues and to assess the time that will be required for trial.

A publication ban has been ordered by the court.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

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