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Key dates in Pickton case

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Some key dates in the case involving accused serial killer Robert Pickton:

September 1998: Vancouver police set up team that reviews files of women missing from city's Downtown Eastside as far back as 1971.

Feb. 5, 2002: RCMP officers, accompanied by members of the missing women joint task force, enter property in suburban Port Coquitlam on firearms warrant.

Feb. 6, 2002: Task force officers use their own warrant to begin searching pig farm for clues in missing women case.

Feb. 22, 2002: Robert Pickton, who owns the property with his brother and sister, is charged with two counts of first- degree murder — Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.

April 2, 2002: Crown announces three more first-degree murder charges against Pickton — Diane Rock, Jacqueline McDonell and Heather Bottomley.

April 9, 2002: Sixth murder charge laid against Pickton — Andrea Joesbury.

May 22, 2002: Pickton charged with first-degree murder of Brenda Wolfe.

June 6, 2002: Police begin excavating Pickton properties with help of archeologists.

Sept. 19, 2002: Pickton charged with four more murders — Georgina Papin, Helen Hallmark, Patricia Johnson and Jennifer Furminger.

Oct. 2, 2002: Pickton charged with murders of Heather Chinnock, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving and Inga Hall.

Jan. 13, 2003: Preliminary hearing begins in provincial court in Port Coquitlam.

July 23, 2003: Judge David Stone commits Pickton for trial on 15 counts of first-degree murder.

Nov. 18, 2003: Investigators wrap up mass excavation and search of Pickton farm.

Feb. 20, 2004: B.C. government reports investigation costs will likely run up to $70 million and that the money has been set aside in the provincial budget.

May 2005: Crown lays 12 more first-degree murder charges.

June 2005: Pre-trial hearings begin in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster under a publication ban.

October 2005: Pre-trial hearings end.

Jan. 30, 2006: Voir dire portion of Pickton trial begins in B.C. Supreme Court.

March 2006: Judge quashes murder count involving unidentified woman.

Aug. 9, 2006: Judge decides to sever charges to prevent unreasonable burden on jury.

Sept. 8, 2006: Crown decides to proceed on six counts first, with other 20 counts to be tried at a later date.

Dec. 9, 2006: Jury selection begins.

Dec. 12, 2006: Jury selected.

Jan. 22, 2007: Crown opens case against Pickton on six charges

of first-degree murder.

Aug. 13, 2007: Crown closes case after calling 98 witnesses.

Oct. 16, 2007: Defence closes case after calling 30 witnesses.

Nov. 19, 2007: Final arguments begin.

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