David Folker charged with the murder of Ann Marie Shirran

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Also charged with performing an indignity to a human body

David Folker, 39, was officially charged this morning with the second-degree murder of his girlfriend Ann Marie Shirran.

Folker, who appeared in provincial court in St. John’s amid a media frenzy, is also charged with performing an indignity to a human body.

He was arrested Monday morning, less than a day after police revealed that a body found in the woods near Cappahayden was that of Shirran who had gone missing from her home in Kilbride July 18.

The court was also crowded this morning with family members and friends of Shirran who was the mother of a small boy.

St. John’s lawyers Bill Collins and Mike King are defending Folker.

Collins told Judge Greg Brown they needed time to review the case and asked that it be set over.

Brown set the next court date as Sept. 28.

Folker, who showed no reaction in court today, agreed to be remanded in custody until that time.

Geographic location: Kilbride

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  • Jake
    October 01, 2010 - 13:32

    It sure is amazing to me that we as a public have not heard one bit of the evidence against this man, and yet most people seem to have their minds made up that he is guilty. Have none of you heard of the authorities making mistakes and sending innocent people to prison for a lengthy period of time, only to find out they were innocent. I don't know if he is guilty or not, but I sure am not going to judge until I get to hear the facts. If he did do this, then by all means 25 to life, but I would like to know before I pass my judgement what the facts are. Maybe some more of you should be a little more patient and get the information first.

  • Donna
    September 08, 2010 - 06:51

    If, in fact, Mr. Folker is guilty of this horrible crime, he should indeed be held in custody; but, remember, in the last few years the police have "jumped the gun" and arrested people they "thought" to be guilty, incarcerated them for years, and put them through hell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,only later to discover they were completely innocent of the charges. Let's hope this is not the case this time. Anyone who would kill an innocent person and then throw the body into the woods should never be allowed to see the light of day again. I just hope they have the right man THIS TIME.

  • luc
    September 07, 2010 - 12:53

    i knew ann and worked with her back when she lived in wawa ontario she was a good friend and had an amazing singing voice to think that someone could do this to such a sweet and caring person makes me want to lobby the government to bring back the death penalty in this country because obviously its what we need because canadian laws as they stand say its ok to commit crimes and murder because the criminal know they will be out in a few yrs and will be able to resume a life of crime with all the tricks they learned in prison bringing back the death penalty would make criminals think a little more before they act and it would clean up our already crowded prison system

  • COLIN HALL
    September 07, 2010 - 12:38

    Mr. Folker was brought before a Provincial Court judge this morning, facing a charge of second degree murder. The Provincial Court does not have the jurisdiction to release a person who has been charged with murder. Only the Supreme Court can grant bail to an accused who is charged with murder; in addition, Mr. Folker would have to make an application to the Supreme Court for judicial interim release (bail) .

  • Hanonymous
    September 07, 2010 - 10:04

    Murder in the second degree? Did something "just come all over him, like"? I would be more comfortable with him being charged with first degree murder.

  • me
    September 07, 2010 - 09:36

    I am glad that they have him arrested in Ann Marie's death...now at least the family can grieve and try and get on with their lives. Hopefully it will be a speedy trial for everyone's sake....

  • DIANE RYAN
    September 07, 2010 - 09:28

    How many more women will have to die or live in misery in control of men who have no respect for women? Then some wonder why we have "Take Back the Night Marches?"

  • Agreed
    September 07, 2010 - 09:18

    I like how it says "he agreed to be remanded in custody". Got to love that he was just charged with 2nd degree murder but they ask if he wants to be remanded in custody. I know "innocent untl proven guilty" but it doesn't go for anyone else only murderers??

    • protocol
      September 07, 2010 - 12:37

      "Agreed to remain in custody" simply means he is waiving his right to a bail hearing. A Judge can still determine after a bail hearing to remand or release an accused person. This accused person is only waiving that right and agreeing to remain in custody without a bail hearing - all persons are entitled to a bail hearing if not released by the police or the Crown by consent.

  • stanne
    September 07, 2010 - 09:01

    Feed the punk to the sharks. Of course, they would probably puke him up..

    • meohmy
      September 07, 2010 - 12:32

      I am so sick and tired of this justice system we have in Newfoundland/canada. How many woman now..... Chrissy Predham, Amanda Power, Samantha walsh, now Ann Marie Shirran. Ridiculous! There always is warning sign, of abuse, violence towards women. If he's guilty throw the book at him, 25 yrs - to life. Enough is enough! There is no help out there under the system we currently have, for those who find themselves in abusive, violent, threatening situations. Make me want to puke! Now we have another life lost, a mother, a daughter, sister, and so on, and most of all a little boy, another child without their mommy!

  • Bob
    September 07, 2010 - 08:50

    I agree the case should be set over. But I wonder how many more times and years it will be set over before he's tried.