Alleged Fredericton shooter makes court appearance this afternoon

Matthew Vincent Raymond, the man accused of killing two Fredericton Police officers and two civilians in August last year, made a brief court appearance this afternoon.

CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown reports on Twitter that the Crown will be filing a direct indictment, sending it directly to the Court of Queen's Bench.

According to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Section 577 of the Criminal Code allows the Attorney General to send a case directly to trial without a preliminary inquiry.

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.

The Canadian Press reports Raymond is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip on August 10, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.

Brown tweeted the matter has been adjourned until April 8.

(With files from The Canadian Press)