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Bruce McArthur due back in court Nov. 5 to set trial date

Last Updated Oct 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm EDT

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning the case will go directly to trial.

The 67-year-old landscaper is facing eight counts of first-degree murder.

Appearing in court Monday morning, McArthur said nothing as the names of his alleged victims and the charges he faces were read out loud.

He will return to court on Nov. 5, at which point a trial date will be set.

The remains of seven men were found buried in planters at a property in Leaside where McArthur provided landscaping services. The remains of an eighth possible victim were found in a ravine near the same property.

Many of the victims had ties to the city’s gay village in the Church and Wellesley streets area.

Lead detective Hank Idsinga says he doesn’t believe there are any more possible victims.

McArthur has been in custody at the Toronto South Detention Centre in Etobicoke since he was arrested on Jan. 18.

Crown attorney Mike Cantlon says negotiations and discussions are ongoing.

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