First trial in Surrey Six murders delayed

The start of the first trial in the Surrey Six murder case has been delayed for two weeks.

Cody Haevischer, Matthew Johnston and Michael Le were to have gone on trial Sept. 16 but the opening of the jury trial has now been pushed back to Sept. 30.

The latest development in the high-profile case came after a pre-trial conference before B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Catherine Wedge on Tuesday in New Westminster.

There have been a number of prior adjournments in the case.

And it follows a decision earlier this month to move the trial to Vancouver from New Westminster.

An announcement by the B.C. Supreme Court said that while a number of pre-trial matters had been heard in New Westminster, the trial required a change of venue for efficiency.

A fourth accused, Jamie Bacon, is being tried separately in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. His case is still in pre-trial and no date has been set for the commencement of trial.

On Oct. 19, 2007, six men — Chris Mohan, 22, Ed Schellenberg, 55, Edward Narong, 22, Corey Lal, 21, Michael Lal, 26, and Ryan Bartolomeo, 19 — were shot to death in a suite at the Balmoral Tower apartment building in Surrey, B.C.’s worst ever gang-related attack.

Mohan, who lived next door with his family and was on his way to play basketball, and Schellenberg, in the suite repairing a gas fireplace, were innocent bystanders.

Haevischer, Johnston and Le were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, along with Bacon.

Sophon Sek, a fifth accused, is charged with manslaughter. His next court appearance is set for January 2014 in Surrey Provincial Court.