Delay in pre-trial hearing for accused in Sweeney murder
Lawyers for Robert Steven Wright had planned to make their case to have the trial moved at a two-day hearing June 22-23 in Greater Sudbury. (File)
SUDBURY -- The man charged with the 1998 murder of Renee Sweeney will have to wait a little longer for his pre-trial hearing.
Lawyers for Robert Steven Wright had planned to make their case to have the trial moved at a two-day hearing June 22-23 in Greater Sudbury, but Crown lawyers asked for more time during a telephone conference June 18 held in advance of the hearing.
"The Crown requires further time to confer with an expert regarding the survey evidence submitted by the defence," says a court transcript. "Accordingly, the hearing will be adjourned. A new date will be set during our next teleconference to be held July 2, 2020, at 10 a.m."
Wright was an 18-year-old high school student in Sudbury when Sweeney, 23, was murdered while working as a clerk at an Adults Only Video store on Paris Street.
The investigation into her killing produced few leads until late 2018 when Wright was arrested while at work in North Bay.
A ban prevents publication of any details of the investigation into the case.
Due to a publication ban, CTV News has removed all details about the type of pre-trial court hearing.