Trial date set for accused in first-degree murder case in 2010 killing

A man charged with murder following the June 2010 killing of a Nanaimo woman will stand trial next fall.

Robert James Iverson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cheryl Lynn Sim.

A preliminary inquiry to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial was held over several days in March, April and May, and last June, Iverson was ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

He was back in court Feb. 13 to fix a date for trial.

Six weeks are set aside for Iverson’s trial by judge and jury, beginning Sept. 30 and ending Nov. 8. Jury selection takes place the first day of the trial.

Sim’s body was discovered June 29, 2010, in a vacant lot near Barsby Park at the end of Prideaux Street.

She was 53 and well-known in Nanaimo’s street community.

Police charged Iverson in December 2010.

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