Crown Attorney Wesley Beatty and Defence Counsel Riali Johannesson were both in the courtroom Thursday laying the groundwork for Mark St. Amant’s upcoming preliminary hearing.

St. Amant of Britt-Byng Inlet is charged with 2nd-degree murder and indignity to a dead body relating to the death of Amanda McClaskin, also of Britt-Byng Inlet late in August 2018. He is also facing two counts of breaching his probation in that case.

Thursday’s appearance via video feed was St. Amant’s eighth before a Parry Sound court judge.

The court date set for January will mostly deal with procedural issues prior to a preliminary hearing that is tentatively scheduled for June 2019.

During January’s court date, Johannesson says her client will be submitting his Notice of Election, the document that notifies the court, Johannesson says will show St. Amant has chosen to be tried before a judge and jury.

The Defence Counsel also says her client will submit his Statement of Issue, providing guidelines to the court on what issues the defence will focus on relating to the charges filed against St. Amant.

To date, the cause of McClaskin’s death has not been revealed in evidence.

The pathology report remains with the pathologist in Sudbury and is expected to be released before St. Amant’s next Court date scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Parry Sound.

St. Amant will appear in person when the case is set to be spoken-to at 9:00 am.