A preliminary inquiry will be held in November for a young Dartmouth man charged with second-degree murder.
Brandon Jake Hollohan, 24, is accused of killing Deborah Irene Yorke, 62, at her apartment building on Farthington Place in north-end Dartmouth on Jan. 21.
Police arrested Hollohan, who lived on nearby Jackson Road, four days later.
Hollohan appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Tuesday by video link from the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Pictou County.
Lawyer Sarah White told the court she will be representing Hollohan and said she had instructions to set dates for a preliminary inquiry. She estimated five days would be needed for the hearing.
“It could be longer or it could be shorter, depending on the issues and what can be admitted,” Crown attorney Will Mathers said.
“There’s a lot of moving parts on this file.”
Judge Jean Whalen scheduled the inquiry for Nov. 26-30. A focus hearing to discuss the issues will be held in late July.
Hollohan will try to get bail in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in August.
When police announced the murder charge against Hollohan in January, they said he and Yorke knew each other.
Police would not comment on whether the killing was drug-related and have not revealed the cause of death.