Accused murderer Steven Skinner to have preliminary inquiry next year

Steven Skinner is seen here after having been arrested on Margarita Island in Venezuela. Instagram/The Canadian Press/HO-CICPC/Douglas Rico

A Nova Scotia man accused of murder will have his preliminary inquiry held next year.

44-year-old Steven Douglas Skinner is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Stacey Adams, 20.

Adams was fatally shot outside a home in Lake Echo, N.S. in April 2011.

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An international arrest warrant was issued for Skinner three months after Adams’ killing. Skinner was arrested by police on Margarita Island, Venezuela on May 15, 2016.

He was formally extradited back to Nova Scotia in June 2017.

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A preliminary inquiry – to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial – will be held at Dartmouth Provincial Court from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16, 2018.

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In addition to a charge of second-degree murder, Skinner is also facing a slew of charges including aggravated assault, forcible confinement and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose – following an incident in Lower Sackville on July 22, 2009.

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