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Dates set for preliminary inquiry in alleged plan to attack Halifax mall

American Lindsay Souvannarath is one of two accused of plotting to open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre.
American Lindsay Souvannarath is one of two accused of plotting to open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre. The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Dates have been set for a preliminary inquiry in the case involving two people accused of plotting to open fire at a Halifax shopping mall.

Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax are to appear in court July 7, 8 and 23.

The pair made a brief appearance via video link in Halifax provincial court on Friday.

Each is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson, illegal possession of dangerous weapons and making a threat through social media, none of which has been proven in court.

A Crown document alleges the offences took place between Jan. 6 and Valentine’s Day.

The Crown alleges the offences involved the Halifax Shopping Centre and were carried out in concert with James Lee Gamble, a 19-year-old man found dead in his Halifax home.

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