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Date sought for murder trial in death of North Okanagan woman Ashley Simpson

Date sought for murder trial

The man charged in the death of North Okanagan woman Ashley Simpson has had his murder case pushed back.

During a court appearance Monday, Derek Favell had his next appearance set for Dec. 12 on the Kamloops indictment, the BC Prosecution Service confirms. That appearance will be to fix a date for trial.

During a preliminary hearing in Salmon Arm in October, Favell was ordered to stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Favell was charged last December – five years after Simpson's disappearance.

Her remains were found in a wilderness area outside Salmon Arm.

Tips in the case led police to the scene on Nov. 26, 2021.

Simpson, 31, lived in the Yankee Flats area near Silver Creek. She was reported missing in April 2016.

Favell, 39, was Simpson's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.

RCMP said after the discovery of Ashley's remains that they do not believe her death is related to other missing women cases in the North Okanagan-Shuswap.

Favell's bail was denied in May, and he has been held in custody since.

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