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Bruce McArthur back in court on January 16

Last Updated Dec 13, 2018 at 10:08 am EDT

Bruce McArthur is shown in a Facebook photo.

The case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur returned for a brief experience in court on Thursday as the pre-trial continues.

The 67-year-old former landscaper is facing eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.

Police found the remains of seven of the men in large planters at a property where McArthur worked as a landscaper.

The remains of the eighth alleged victim were found in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.

Justice John McMahon met with Crown prosecutors and McArthur’s defence lawyers around 8 a.m. to discuss how the trial will proceed. McArthur was then briefly spoken to afterwards.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 16.

McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing in October, moving the case to Superior Court.

The judge announced last month that the trial will begin in January of 2020.

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