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Convicted killer of Okanagan teen likely to admit guilt in two other attacks

Convicted killer, Matthew Foerster, likely to admit guilt in two other attacks. .
Convicted killer, Matthew Foerster, likely to admit guilt in two other attacks. . Global News

KELOWNA, B.C. — It looks like the man who murdered an Okanagan teenager will accept responsibility for attacks on two other women.

In April, a jury convicted Matthew Foerster, 28, of first-degree murder in the sexually motivated slaying of Taylor Van Diest.

The 18-year-old was beaten to death three years ago as she walked along railroad tracks in Armstrong.

In separate cases, Foerster was also charged with assaulting and confining a Cherryville woman inside her home in 2004.  And he is also accused of sexual assault with a weapon in an attack on a Kelowna sex trade worker in 2005.

Foerster has pleaded not guilty to those two crimes and was to stand trial in BC Supreme Court.  But he has now re-elected to move the cases to Provincial Court which the prosecutor says usually means an accused person intends to change their pleas to guilty.

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That will be confirmed at a court hearing expected to take place in December or January.

Foerster is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murder of Taylor Van Diest.  He has filed an appeal of that conviction.

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