The person accused of killing a younger lady in Toronto’s Homosexual Village final yr is in search of bail at a two-day listening to that started Tuesday.
Kalen Schlatter is charged with first-degree homicide within the November 2017 demise of Tess Richey who, in response to police, died of “neck compression.”
Richey, 22, was reported lacking on Nov. 25 after an evening out with a good friend in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.
Her mom, who travelled from the household house in North Bay, Ont., to seek for her daughter, discovered Richey’s physique 4 days later in a stairwell in the back of an alley, simply steps from the place she was final seen.
Police have confronted public criticism for his or her failure to search out Richey within the days after her disappearance. Two officers at the moment are going through misconduct prices below the Police Providers Act in reference to the case.
Schlatter appeared in courtroom Tuesday wearing a blue go well with and buttoned up white shirt, his palms clasped in his lap as he sat within the accused’s field.
Police have mentioned Richey and Schlatter didn’t know one another previous to the night time of her disappearance.
Richey met Schlatter on the road after she and her good friend left a bar, police have mentioned. Surveillance video launched by investigators exhibits Schlatter and Richey collectively close to the alley the place her physique was discovered.
Schlatter was initially charged with second-degree homicide final month however the cost was elevated to first-degree homicide when new proof emerged, police have mentioned.
“Are (Richey’s household) completely satisfied for the brand new cost? Completely,” Det. Ted Lioumanis advised reporters after the first-degree homicide depend was laid. “However contemplating what they’ve gone by means of and what they’re going by means of, will they ever come to grips on what occurred?”
Richey’s demise, and several other different disappearances linked to the homosexual village — eight of which resulted in first diploma homicide prices in opposition to 66-year-old self-employed landscaper Bruce McArthur — led group members to say police weren’t adequately defending them.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders introduced in December that the drive would evaluation its dealing with of lacking individuals instances.