Fredericton shooter to appear in court this afternoon

Fredericton shooting suspect, Matthew Raymond makes 1st court appearance on August 27, 2018 (CTV News photo)

The man accused of murder in the shooting deaths of two Fredericton police constables and two civilians in August 2018 will make a court appearance this afternoon.

A press release from the Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General 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 at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The release did not indicate what the matter was regarding.

Most of the pre-trial hearings so far in this matter have been shrouded by a publication ban.

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

He 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 Aug. 10, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.