TORONTO – A suspected serial killer who is facing trial in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village has decided not to delay his trial.
Bruce McArthur has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
The 67-year-old self-employed landscaper has been ordered to stand trial on eight counts of first-degree murder.
McArthur, wearing a black sweater over a blue shirt with blue jeans, made no eye contact with the alleged victims’ families that packed the small courtroom this morning.
He’ll return to court on Nov. 5 when a date trial will be set.
McArthur said nothing as he stood before the court today. McArthur has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. A trial date will be set on November 5th. I spoke privately with the Kinsman family they are distraught that this will be going to trial. @CityNews https://t.co/ROO7kWd7E4
— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) October 22, 2018
McArthur was arrested in January and police eventually found the remains of seven men in large planters at a property where he had worked.
Investigators found the eighth set of remains in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.
Lead detective Insp. Hank Idsinga has said the probe is the largest forensic investigation in the force’s history.
Idsinga has said he doesn’t believe there are any more alleged victims.
Bruce McArthur arrives at College Park courthouse