The seven Kelowna men accused of beating Dain Phillips to death last June have had their trial moved to Vancouver.
All seven, including Hells Angels members Robert Thomas and Norm Cocks, appeared in courtroom 67 at the Vancouver Law Courts Monday for a first appearance on a second-degree murder charge.
Thomas and Cocks remain in custody, while the others – Cocks dad Robert, brothers Daniel and Matthew McRae, Thomas Vaughan and Anson Schell – are out on bail.
Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said the decision to move the case to the Lower Mainland was made “given the number of the accused, the number of counsel involved and the demands the case would place on court resources in Kelowna.”
“The Crown perspective is that the matter should proceed in Vancouver. As a result, the Crown filed the Direct Indictment with the Supreme Court in Vancouver,” he said.
There is a ban on publication on evidence and submissions in the case.
The trial won’t get underway until at least January 2013.