Court appearances for two accused in Jagtar Gill's killing

The husband and neighbour of Jagtar Gill will be back before a judge today answering to charges of first-degree murder in the Barrhaven woman's death.

It's the next step in a lengthy court process that could see them tried as co-accused.

The Crown will likely move to try them as co-accused but any information they enter before a judge linking the two cases will be covered by a publication ban.

Gurpreet Ronald, 34 and Bhupinderpal Gill, 38 will appear by video sometime after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Gill's lawyer Rob McGowan says if the pair are named co-accused it doesn't change much in the near future because bail hearings haven't even been set and then it could be a long time before the actual trial is held.

"Maybe a year down the road a preliminary inquiry and then a year after that a trial. That's the timeline you're generally looking at," said McGowan.

He said his strategy won't be affected by Gill being listed as a co-accused with Ronald because the burden remains on the Crown to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jagtar Gill was found dead by Bhupinderpal and their 15-year-old daughter in their Barrhaven home on Jan 29. It was the couple's 17th wedding anniversary.

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