Steven Michael Bacon, is expected to see his next court date Feb. 12, in B.C. provincial court in Nanaimo, where a date for a preliminary inquiry could be set. (News Bulletin file)

Steven Michael Bacon, is expected to see his next court date Feb. 12, in B.C. provincial court in Nanaimo, where a date for a preliminary inquiry could be set. (News Bulletin file)

Date for preliminary inquiry in Makayla Chang murder case expected in two months’ time

Steven Michael Bacon’s next appearance in Nanaimo court set for Feb. 12

The case of the 2017 death of Makayla Chang is progressing, as a preliminary inquiry date is estimated to be set in the new year.

Steven Michael Bacon, initially named as a person of interest in Chang’s death, was formally charged with first-degree murder in September and pleaded not guilty. Chang went missing in March 2017, with her body found that May.

Bacon had a court date in Nanaimo today, Dec. 1, and will see his next appearance Feb. 12, when a date for the inquiry is anticipated to be set. A preliminary inquiry is held to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

Bacon is scheduled to appear by video on that day, with Gilbert Labine, based in Thunder Bay, serving as his legal representation.

While a B.C. Supreme Court judge had previously ordered Bacon be kept under the jurisdiction of B.C. and confined to a jail in Thunder Bay, he has been moved to a prison in Penetanguishene, Ont., north of Toronto, Labine said.

Nick Barber, Crown counsel, said Bacon would be transferred back to B.C. for the preliminary inquiry, but had no other comment.

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