A sex offender who blurted out in a Kamloops courtroom that he killed his former landlord is now expected to plead not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder.
Roger Badour appeared Monday in B.C. Supreme Court, the latest in a string of minor theatrical events in the courtroom.
In past court appearances here, Badour has admitted to shooting Princeton resident Gisele Duckham twice and complained he has cancer for which he is not being treated. On Monday, he attempted to fire lawyer Dale Melville.
"If a lawyer is being paid to be here, he should be here," Badour said, complaining that Jordan Watt, from Melville's Victoria-based firm wasn't in the courtroom.
Melville appeared as an agent for Watt in order to schedule a trial date.
At one point Badour turned to Melville, telling him to "sit down and mind your own business."
Badour dismissed his first lawyer in December.
The matter was adjourned by justice Hope Hyslop so a date can be set next week for a trial.
Badour originally appeared in Supreme Court in December to plead guilty and be sentenced for first-degree murder in Duckham's death.
Crown prosecutor Lorne Fisher said his information is that Badour now intends to plead not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder. A trial sometime this fall is expected to take three weeks.
According to news reports, Badour was on a long-term supervision order in November 2011, after serving jail time for sexual assault. He was reported missing by authorities.
Neighbours of Duckham said the 56-year-old woman lost her husband several years before and took in Badour, who has a history of befriending vulnerable women.
She let Badour stay in a trailer she owned at the back of her Princeton property.
Victoria police issued warnings last year about Badour, who had been convicted of sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement.