CALGARY – The man accused of murdering a young Calgary boy and his grandparents made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday.
Douglas Garland is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Kathryn and Alvin Liknes, and one count of second-degree murder in the death of Nathan O’Brien.
The 54-year-old appeared in court in person, wearing a blue prison uniform.
His preliminary inquiry has been set for May 19th to 29th, 2015.
It will determine if Garland should be committed to stand trial.
“It was a mutual decision between the Crown and myself to request a preliminary inquiry,” explained defence lawyer Kim Ross. “I think something of this complexity and nature requires a preliminary inquiry.”
“It gives us a chance to test drive some of our evidence, make sure where we’re at with behind the scenes work,” adds Crown prosecutor Shane Parker. “It gives us a chance so we’re ready when the jury trial is slated to go.”
Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Kathryn and Alvin Liknes, haven’t been seen since June 29th, after what police say was a violent incident in the Liknes home.
The couple had been having an estate sale and were downsizing ahead of a move to a home in Edmonton and then on to Mexico.