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Pickton pleads not guilty

Robert Pickton has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges of first-degree murder in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.Pickton’s trial began on Monday morning, four years after his arrest by police investigating the disappearance of sex-trade workers from the Downtown Eastside.There is a ban on the publication of information from Pickton’s preliminary hearing, which ended more than two years ago.Monday’s proceedings began with arguments over what evidence can be admitted, a process that’s expected to take as long as six months.Reporters are not allowed to disclose material presented in the arguments because it may be ruled inadmissible.

Pickton, now 56, was arrested in February 2002 after the RCMP descended on his pig farm in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam.Pickton was originally charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder, but another 12 charges were laid in May 2005.

Read the original article at: CBC News

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