NEW GLASGOW – An unusually large number of jury summons have gone out for an upcoming first-degree murder trial in Pictou Supreme Court.
Prothonontary Doris Scanlan said 400 Pictou County residents will be receiving jury summons this week for the upcoming trial of Christopher Alexander Falconer. Falconer is accused of kidnapping and first-degree murder of Amber Kirwan.
Jury selection will take place Jan. 6 with potential jurors beings asked to be at the Pictou Justice Centre at 9:15 a.m.
Scanlan said usually between 250 and 275 people are pooled for jury selection for Supreme Court trials, but this time a larger number of potential jurors was required to ensure a jury could be selected.
The trial is expected to last a month.
People who have been summoned, but don’t appear for jury selection could be fined up to $1,000.
Kirwan was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2011. She had been out the night before with friends at Dooly’s in New Glasgow and was supposed to meet her boyfriend Mason Campbell at a nearby convenience store.
Following an intense investigation and search that involved multiple agencies and members of the public, police discovered Kirwan’s remains on Nov. 5 in a wooded lot in Heathbell.