March 17, 2017 7:45 am
Updated: March 17, 2017 11:34 am

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, charged in deaths of 8 seniors, appears in court

Elizabeth Wettlaufer is escorted into the Woodstock courthouse, January 13, 2017

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A court appearance is scheduled next month for the former nurse facing over a dozen criminal charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, made a brief court appearance in Woodstock, Ont., on Friday and was remanded into custody until April 7.

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A judicial pretrial was slated to begin Friday, and will be completed during her next court appearance.

Usually held in the judge’s chambers, a judicial pretrial involves the defense lawyer, the Crown attorney and the police officer in charge of the case.

It’s a chance for the defence lawyer to discuss and negotiate the case with the Crown attorney while receiving input from a judge.

A trial date is set if one or more judicial pretrials fail to see the two sides resolve the charges against the accused.

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Wettlaufer’s defense lawyer indicated during Friday’s appearance that he’s expecting to receive further disclosure on March 30.

Last October, Wettlaufer was charged in connection to the deaths of residents at long-term care homes in London and Woodstock.

Police have accused Wettlaufer of using drugs to kill the seniors while she worked at the facilities between 2007 and 2014.

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In January, police laid six additional charges against the former nurse: four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault involving more long-term-care residents in Woodstock, Paris, and a private home in Oxford County.

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