Accused Fredericton Shooter to make court appearance next week

An advisory from the Department of Justice says the man accused of shooting four people in Fredericton last August will make a court appearance next week.

The advisory says a pre-trial appearance in the matter of Her Majesty the Queen v. Matthew Raymond is scheduled in the Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday March 20.

The Justice Department did not specify what the nature of the pre-trial appearance is.

Matthew Vincent Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton Police Constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

Raymond is accused of firing a long gun from his apartment window, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip on Aug. 10. 

Police allege Raymond shot the two officers as they responded to the scene.

The Crown is expected to proceed with a direct indictment, which means there would be no preliminary hearing.

(With files from The Canadian Press)