Murder trial to be held in Stratford
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Dec 17, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Murder trial to be held in Stratford

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert

Murder suspect Michael Schweitzer will stand trial in Stratford for the shootings in Milverton more than two years ago that left one dead and another seriously injured.

The Superior Court of Justice on Huron Street was confirmed this week by Justice Thomas Heeney as the site for the proceedings.

The suitability of the venue was discussed by lawyers back in October. At that time concerns were raised about the adequacy of the facility and the crown agreed to take steps to remedy certain deficiencies. A publication ban prevents media from disclosing any further details about that discussion.

Schweitzer, who was 23 at the time of the incident, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. He has remained in custody since the night of Dec. 4, 2012, when police responded to 911 calls about shots being fired at a home on Edward Street in the village of Milverton. Killed was 17-year-old Nicole Wagler, a student at Stratford Northwestern high school. A housemate of Schweitzer's, Tyler Baker, was also shot and left in critical condition.

The trial by jury is scheduled to begin in Stratford March 9.

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