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Trial dates set for man accused in 2017 murder of Marrisa Shen

A trial date has been set in the murder of Burnaby 13-year-old Marrisa Shen. Global News

A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering a 13-year-old Burnaby girl two years ago.

Ibrahim Ali is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Marrisa Shen, whose body was found in Central Park on July 19, 2017.

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The BC Prosecution Service said Monday that the Crown is proceeding with a direct indictment, meaning the case will not hold a preliminary inquiry, and will instead go directly to trial in the B.C. Supreme Court.

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Questions about Marrisa Shen murder investigation – Nov 14, 2018

Jury selection will begin on Sept. 10, 2020, with the trial to begin on Sept. 21.

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Pre-trial matters will be heard on Dec. 19, 2019 and May 25, 2020.

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Police announce arrest and charges in murder of Marrisa Shen – Sep 10, 2018

Ali, a Syrian refugee, was charged with Shen’s murder in September 2018, following an investigation that lasted more than a year.

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Investigators used a controversial “DNA dragnet” technique after collecting DNA at the crime scene which indicated a suspect of Middle Eastern descent.

His previous court appearances have drawn crowds of supporters and protesters, which have at times become heated.

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