Jury in place as Folker murder trial looms

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A jury is in place to determine whether David Folker murdered his girlfriend Ann Marie Shirran in 2010.

David Folker sits in the prisoner’s box at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s. Jury members were selected Wednesday for Folker’s murder trial, scheduled to start next Monday.
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Six men and six women were selected Wednesday at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s to serve on the jury. Crown prosecutors Iain Hollett and Lloyd Strickland were present for jury selection, as were Folker’s lawyers, Jason Edwards and co-counsel Scott Hurley.

Folker was seated in the prisoner’s box as courtroom proceedings got underway. He was granted bail in December 2010 on the condition he live with his mother in Nova Scotia.

The eight-week trial is scheduled to begin Monday at supreme court. Folker is charged with second-degree murder and improperly or indecently interfering with or performing an indignity to a human body.

Strickland previously told The Telegram that the Crown expects to call more than 50 witnesses.

Shirran disappeared in July 2010. It was reportedly Folker who first told authorities that Shirran was missing.

The 32-year-old woman was reportedly last seen near the Kilbride home she shared with Folker and their young son. Campers discovered her body on Sept. 2, 2010, in the woods south of Cappahayden on the Southern Shore.

Folker was arrested less than 24 hours after police revealed it was Shirran’s body.

The trial was originally set to start more than a year and a half ago in February 2012, but Folker’s lawyer at the time, Bob Simmonds, had to drop the case, citing his schedule and financial reasons.

Justice Wayne Dymond is scheduled to hear the case.

 

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