John Ike Koopmans to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge Greg Koturbash ordered the jury trial following a six-day preliminary inquiry.

Accused double-murder John Ike Koopmans has been committed to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

Judge Greg Koturbash ordered the jury trial following a six-day preliminary inquiry that concluded Wednesday in provincial court in Penticton.

Defence counsel Don Skogstad said a four-week trial is expected to begin in September.

Koopmans, 49 at the time of this arrest on March 31, 2013, is charged with two counts of murder and a single count of attempted murder stemming from an incident a day earlier at a property on Old Hedley Road in Princeton.

He’s alleged to have shot and killed Robert Keith Wharton, 44, and Rosemary Fox, 32, and injured another man.

Evidence heard during the inquiry is protected by a publication ban that’s meant to prevent tainting the jury pool.

Koopmans, a sturdily built man, was dressed in red prison-issue clothing and wore a long goatee and glasses throughout the inquiry. He stayed quiet but busied himself taking notes.