Matthew Foerster facing first degree murder charge in death of Taylor Van Diest
The trial of Matthew Foerster, who is facing a first degree murder charge in the death of 18-year old Taylor Van Diest, will be in Kelowna beginning on Mar. 3, 2014.
Matthew Foerster, 27, will be tried before a judge and jury.
On the evening of Oct. 31, 2011, Taylor Van Diest left her Armstrong B.C. home to go to a Hallowe’en party at a friends house but she never arrived. A search party was organized and she was found alive near the train tracks in the Okanagan city.
She was taken to hospital, but died later that night.
On Apr. 12, 2012, Matthew Foerster was arrested at a hotel in Collingwood, Ontario on April 4. Stephen Roy Foerster, his father, was also arrested on April 4, at his home in Cherryville, B.C.
Matthew Foerster has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Taylor Van Diest while his father faces charges of obstruction and being an accessory.
Setting the trial date has been delayed because Foerster changed lawyers twice and his current attorney, Jim Heller of Victoria, sought more time to work on Foerster’s case.
With files from the Canadian Press