Armstrong murder case adjourned two weeks

Matthew Foerster, accused of killing Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest on Halloween night 2011, returns to court in July...

  • Jun. 21, 2012 12:00 p.m.

alistair waters

Black Press

The man accused of killing Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest in October 2011 has had his case adjourned until next month to give lawyers for both the Crown and the defence time to go over a series of case-related reports.

Matthew Foerster made a brief appearance in Kelowna court via video link Thursday morning from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Surrey where he is being held. The case will return to court July 5 in Kelowna.

The 26-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in relation to Van Diest’s death.

Van Diest, 18, was found severely injured laying in bushes near the Rosedale Avenue railroad tracks that run through Armstrong on Halloween night. She died a short time later in hospital.

Foerster is also facing charges in two unrelated assault cases.

Foerster’s father, 58-year-old Stephen Roy Foerster, has been charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact in the Van Diest case.