Preeper brothers choose separate routes with preliminary inquiries

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Older brother waives right to inquiry, younger brother proceeds with process

TRURO - A preliminary hearing for one of two brothers accused in the first-degree murder case of Melissa Peacock is to continue on Thursday.

Some family members and suppoters of murder victim Melissa Peacock wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Justice for Melissa" into court for the preliminary inquiry of her accused killers on Monday.

The hearing for Joshua Preeper temporarily concluded Monday morning after three RCMP officers provided testimony. All evidence heard in the inquiry is protected from disclosure by a publication ban.

A medical examiner who is scheduled to testify on Thursday is the final witness to be called for the preliminary inquiry.

Preeper and his older brother Dustan are each charged with first-degree murder in the death of Peacock, of Dartmouth, who disappeared in November 2011 at age 20.  Her remains were found on a rural property in Upper Stewiacke in July 2012.

Dustan Preeper waived his right to a preliminary inquiry and is scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Dec. 17 to set a trial date. The location for the trial has not been determined.

The Joshua Preeper inquiry heard from one officer who had spent some with him in a jail cell in an undercover capacity shortly after he had been arrested.

Dustan Preeper is also charged with the second-degree murder of Ben Hare of Truro, who was killed during a brawl outside a Lyman Street apartment on July 8, 2010.

A preliminary inquiry for that case is set for Dec. 9, after earlier being scheduled for Dec. 16.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

Organizations: Supreme Court, Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Geographic location: Truro, Dartmouth

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  • Debra Murphy
    December 02, 2013 - 11:51

    Melissa was 20, when she went missing get your facts right.