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Man accused of killing APD Cst. John Davidson makes brief court appearance

Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 4:08 pm PST

A photo of Oscar Arfmann released by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Legal expert says Oscar Arfmann, accused of killing an Abbotsford police officer, could apply for bail

If Arfmann's case goes to trial, it would take awhile, as the Crown is likely still building its case

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – The Alberta man accused of shooting and killing an Abbotsford Police officer in the line of duty just over two months ago was back before a judge today.

65-year old Oscar Arfmann’s case is being moved to Chilliwack Supreme Court from Abbotsford Provincial on February 26th to set a trial date.

He has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Constable John Davidson.

NEWS 1130 Legal Analyst Michael Shapray says applying for bail is still a possibility, even with the charge laid against him.

“First degree murder case bails are not that common, but bail has been granted in those type of cases before,” he explains. “I think that what happens is that the defence is entitled to full disclosure of the case in a timely manner, and they’re entitled to enough of that disclosure to be able to assess the case.”

Constable John Davidson, 53, was killed on November 6, 2017 while he and other members of the APD were responding to reports of a vehicle theft near a strip mall on Mount Lehman Road.

Davidson had been with the force for over a decade. Before that, he was an officer in the UK. He worked with youth in the community and participated in last year’s Cops for Cancer Ride, which raises money for children inflicted with the disease.

Arfmann’s case has been put over until February 26th.