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Man accused of killing an APD officer to go to trial next year

Last Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 10:05 am PDT

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

Oscar Arfmann, accused of first-degree murder in death of Constable John Davidson, to go to trial January, 2019

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – The man accused of killing an Abbotsford Police officer late last year will go to trial in early 2019.

It will be an eight-week trial by jury at BC Supreme Court in New Westminster, set to begin on January 21, 2019.

Oscar Arfmann was arrested on November 6, 2017 near the Fraser Valley Automall.

Constable John Davidson was one of several officers who responded to calls about a stolen pickup. He was shot and killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Davidson had been with the APD for over a decade, prior to that he was an officer in the UK.

Arfmann, 65, has been charged with first-degree murder. Some of his relatives have said he suffers from mental health problems.