It will be at least another two and a half weeks before trial dates are confirmed for a Parry Sound man charged with first degree murder in the death of a 27-year-old Deep River woman.
Tentative trial dates of January 7-18, 2013 were set last spring in the case of John Craig Cameron, 53.
However, those dates cannot be confirmed until Cameron’s defence receives a copy of a psychiatric assessment ordered by the Crown attorney’s office.
The assessment was originally expected to be complete before the end of June.
In a brief appearance in the Superior Court of Justice in Pembroke Friday, Crown attorney Jason Nicol explained that his office is still awaiting the final report.
“We can put further heat on the Crown expert to produce that report so we don’t jeopardize those (trial) dates,” Nicol said.
Nicol asked that the case be set over to Friday, November 16 at 10 am for a re-check.
Pembroke lawyer Michael March, appearing on behalf of Cameron’s Ottawa counsel, Edward Greenspon, said neither he nor Greenspon could appear on that date.
However, Justice Hugh McLean allowed Nicol’s request, saying “nothing substantive” would be decided at the November appearance.
“I would like to see if we can get this moving,” he said.
“I’m sure some arrangements can be made one way or another to have someone speak to it (on Cameron’s behalf).”
Cameron has been in custody since turning himself in to Parry Sound OPP on March 15, 2011.
Cameron is charged in connection with the death of Michelle Cameron, his daughter-in-law.
Michelle Cameron’s body was found in her home at 1 Claremount Rd following a 911 call to police.
Details of her death and the case against Cameron have not been disclosed.
Cameron was previously assessed at the Royal Ottawa Hospital at the request of his defence counsel, but the Crown requested its own assessment last spring.