A New Zealand immigrant charged with murdering his wife and later plotting to kill witnesses is expected to go on trial next year in Kamloops.
The Crown recently filed a direct indictment on separate counts that Peter Beckett murdered his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett, by drowning her while the couple vacationed at Shelter Bay Provincial Park near Revelstoke, and later plotted to kill witnesses.
The direct indictments, a rare move in criminal law, means there will be no preliminary hearing.
A newspaper report from Westlock, Alta., where Beckett lived in 2011, said police initially said Letts-Beckett died in August 2010 as a result of not wearing a life jacket and being unable to swim.
A year later police said they were treating it as a homicide.
In August 2011, RCMP arrested Beckett and charged him with first-degree murder. In December, he was charged with obstruction of justice and counselling to commit murder.
RCMP said Beckett was plotting from inside jail to kill witnesses in the pending trial.
Crown lawyer Will Burrows said Beckett has fired several lawyers and is now self-represented. If Beckett represents himself at trial, three months will be needed for a trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops.
No date has been set for the trial expected sometime next year.
Beckett is a former city councillor in New Zealand.