Case of Toronto van attack suspect to skip preliminary hearing

The case of a man accused in a deadly van attack in north Toronto will skip a preliminary hearing and head straight to trial.

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder after he allegedly drove a rental van down a crowded sidewalk on April 23.

The prosecution says the Attorney General has granted its request to proceed by a direct indictment in the case.

Minassian did not appear in person or by video during a brief hearing on his case this morning.

Police have previously said they haven't identified a motive for the attack, but that the evidence they had didn't warrant terrorism charges.

Minassian's family has said they grieve for the victims of the attack.