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Admissibility of evidence tested ahead of North Okanagan murder trial

A voir dire took place in BC Supreme Court Friday in the case of Lynda Saundry
Lynda Saundry, born 1961, is charged with the murder of North Okanagan resident Barry Jones in July 2020. A voir dire was held Friday, Dec. 22, to determine the admissibility of evidence ahead of the trial, which is scheduled to begin March 4, 2024. (Facebook photo)

A North Okanagan first-degree murder suspect is still on track to stand trial in March following a voir dire hearing.

Lynda Saundry appeared in BC Supreme Court Friday, Dec. 22, for a hearing that looked to determine what evidence will be admissible for trial.

The case details discussed during the voir dire, or trial within a trial, are subject to a publication ban.

Saundry, born in 1961, is accused of killing 55-year-old Barry Jones, whose body was found in an Emery Louis Road home near Round Lake west of Armstrong on July 30, 2020.

Police have said Saundry and Jones were known to each other.

Saundry has elected to be tried by judge and jury. Her trial will run from March 4 to 24 at the Kelowna Law Courts after Saundry’s lawyer successfully petitioned to have the trial pushed back and moved from Vernon to Kelowna.

Jury selection will begin on Feb. 27.

The murder charge against Saundry has yet to be proven in court.

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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