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Knapp, Robinson and Miron all slated to face trial in 2018

By Bruce Chessell, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Oxford County Court House. HEATHER RIVERS/WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW

Oxford County Court House. HEATHER RIVERS/WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW

Trials have been set for three major cases in Woodstock court.

First up will be William Knapp, whose jury trial date is set for Feb. 26 next year and is expected to take two weeks, with a pre-trial set for Feb. 1 and 2.

Knapp is charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, public mischief and trafficking fentanyl. His charges come from the 2016 death of 32-year-old Carolyn de Wit, who was found deceased at the restaurant where she worked in Norwich.

After being incarcerated last year in January, Knapp was released on bail in April 2016 with conditions that included residing with his surety, remaining in the house unless going to work or attending medical appointments.

Following that, John Douglas Robinson has a trial expected to take two weeks set for April 16, with a pre-trial set for March 8 and 9.

Robinson was originally convicted and imprisoned in 2012 for first degree murder in the death and dismemberment of Clifford Fair; and burying his body parts in his backyard in 2008. Robinson received a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Earlier this year, Ontario’s highest court overturned this conviction, stating the conviction by a jury was “unreasonable” due to the judge's instruction to the jury. A new trial was ordered on a charge of second-degree murder.

Robinson made a brief appearance during Friday’s assignment court hearing in handcuffs.

Flavius Miron also had his trial set for next year, Sept. 24, which is also expected to last two weeks.

Miron is charged with second-degree murder of 48-year-old Jerry Klassen, upgraded from manslaughter earlier this year.

Klassen, known to most of his friends by “Jed”, was found dead in his home on Tecumseh Street on July 13, 2016 and Miron was arrested the next morning.

A large group of his friends was present at Friday’s assignment court hearing wearing “Justice for Jed” t-shirts, and Miron made a brief appearance in handcuffs.

bchessell@postmedia.com