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Two Coquitlam murder cases in Lower Mainland courts on Aug. 19

The murder cases against Nicholas Bellemare and David Frank Hall will be before separate judges on Monday, Aug. 19, 2024.

The man accused of killing a Ridge Meadows Mountie in Coquitlam last fall faces a pre-trial conference next month.

Nicholas Bellemare, 25, will be before a judge at Vancouver Provincial Court on Aug. 19, 2024, in connection with first-degree murder of Const. Frederick "Rick" O’Brien and the attempted murder of Cpl. Colin Ryder, with a firearm, on Sept. 22, 2023.

The pair and another police officer were executing a search warrant in relation to a drug investigation in Maple Ridge when they were shot in a Glen Drive residential high-rise.

A regimental funeral for O’Brien in Langley on Oct. 4, 2023, drew thousands of emergency responders from across North America.

A judicial order preventing the publication of the hearing details is in effect.

Bellemare’s pre-trial conference will come the same day another Coquitlam resident charged with murder is in court.

David Frank Hall, who is accused of killing his former spouse, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation Coun. Stephanie Patterson, is due to be at the Abbotsford Law Courts on Aug. 19, 2024, for a preliminary inquiry; his case continues for the rest of the month.

At the end of the preliminary inquiry, the judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry will decide whether to commit the accused to stand trial.

Hall is suspected of the second-degree murder of Patterson, 44, a mother of three who was found dead in Mission last summer after police say she left the Kwikwetlem First Nation reserve with Hall on Aug. 11, 2024.