Amber Kirwan murder trial to begin in January
Amber Kirwan is shown in a New Glasgow Police Service handout photo.
Published Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:50PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:59PM ADT
A trial date has been set for the Pictou County man accused of killing Amber Kirwan.
Christopher Alexander Falconer, 30, of Heathbell is due in court on Jan. 6, 2014 to face charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder.
A month has been set aside for the trial at provincial Supreme Court in Pictou.
Kirwan, 19, was last seen leaving Dooly’s pool hall in New Glasgow, N.S. around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2011.
She was supposed to meet her boyfriend at Big Al's, a nearby convenience store, but he says she never showed up.
Her disappearance sparked an intense search, with police, ground search and rescue teams and RCMP conducting extensive ground and water searches for clues.
Family, friends and members of the typically-quiet community launched a massive campaign to find her, handing out thousands of posters nationwide.
Kirwan’s remains were found in a wooded area of Heathbell, N.S. on Nov. 5, almost a month after she disappeared.
Falconer was charged in her death in May 2012.