March 12, 2018 2:34 pm
Updated: March 12, 2018 7:55 pm

Okanagan man skips another trial, pleads guilty to second-degree murder

WATCH: Raw video of the interview with the mother of Taylor Van Diest, who was killed by Matthew Foerster. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday after he successfully appealed a first-degree murder conviction in a jury trial.


Matthew Stephen Foerster has pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Taylor Van Diest.

The 18-year-old victim was walking along railway tracks in Armstrong, B.C., when she was savagely attacked in October 2011.

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Foerster was found guilty of first-degree murder during a jury trial in April 2014. He appealed the conviction because of mistakes in the judge’s final instructions to the jury, and he was granted a new trial.

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On Monday in Vernon’s B.C. Supreme Court, Foerster instead pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Van Diest’s mother called Foerster a coward and said the family believes he’s guilty of first-degree murder.

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Foerster’s sentencing is scheduled for April 9 to 11.

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