Preliminary inquiry set for next week in murder case

NANAIMO – Two men charged with the murder of Brittany Baird are in court next week for a preliminary inquiry hearing.

Two Nanaimo men charged in connection with the murder of Brittany Baird are in court next week for a preliminary inquiry hearing.

Christopher James Robinson and Marcus Brandon Parry were charged with second-degree murder several days after Baird was found dead on Milford Crescent near Selby Street in May 2011. Both men remain in custody.

The preliminary inquiry, which will determine if the Crown has enough evidence to justify a trial, is scheduled for seven days in June, beginning Monday and wrapping up by June 29.

“We anticipate it will take the full time period,” said Crown counsel Frank Dubenski, adding the Crown is calling about 20 witnesses to testify at the preliminary inquiry.

Baird, 22, was found dead late in the evening May 25 by emergency crews after a series of 911 calls. Efforts to revive her failed.

At the time, police said Baird’s injuries resulted from a weapon, but police did not reveal the type of weapon used or cause of death.