A bearded and orange-clad Curtis Wayne Sagmoen sat hunched over in a chair throughout his bail hearing.
Judge Mark Takahashi ordered that Sagmoen, appearing in Vernon Law Courts via video Wednesday, will remain in custody.
Sagmoen is set to appear in court March 8 to set a date for a preliminary inquiry.
While the bail hearing was underway, protesters gathered on the steps of the courthouse.
Armed with drums and posters, the protesters sought to raise awareness for missing women in the North Okanagan.
“These women who were violated need our voice, our body and our support,” said missing and murdered indigenous women advocate and rally spokesperson Jody Leon.
Missing women in the area include Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell and 18-year-old Vernon woman Traci Genereaux, whose remains were found on the Silver Creek farm owned by Sagmoen’s parents.
“I don’t think I will ever heal,” said Lori Nixon, mother of Genereaux. “We loved her so much. There isn’t an aspect of my life that she wasn’t a part of. I feel as though I have been ripped apart.”
Sagmoen faces eight counts; disguising his face with the intent to commit an offence; intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless; uttering threats; careless use or storage of a firearm; possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose; possession of a controlled substance; and mischief not in excess of $5,000.
Sagmoen’s lawyer, Lisa Helps, entered not guilty pleas on all charges.
Due to a publication ban, other matters arising from the hearing cannot be reported.