HALIFAX -- Dates have been set for a preliminary inquiry in the case involving two people accused of plotting to open fire at a Halifax shopping mall.

Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax are to appear in court July 7, 8 and 23.

The pair made a brief appearance via video link in Halifax provincial court on Friday.

Each is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson, illegal possession of dangerous weapons and making a threat through social media, none of which has been proven in court.

A Crown document alleges the offences took place between Jan. 6 and Valentine's Day.

The Crown alleges the offences involved the Halifax Shopping Centre and were carried out in concert with James Lee Gamble, a 19-year-old man found dead in his Halifax home.