Meika Jordan's mom Kyla Guttman, right, appears outside court with the girl's stepfather Brian Woodhouse outside the Calgary Courts Centre after the first appearance for accused killers Marie Magoon and Spencer Jordan.
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Kyla and Brian Woodhouse said Friday there will be someone there for little Meika Jordan whenever the suspected killers appear in court.
The mother and stepdad of the slain six-year-old spent more than three hours waiting for one of the alleged killers to make a brief appearance.
Marie Magoon attended provincial court via closed-circuit TV from a remand centre.
Defence lawyer Allan Fay, who spoke on her behalf, told Judge Karim Jivraj he had only just received part of the investiative material the Crown had in its possession.
Fay said Crown prosecutor Susan Pepper "provided me with a disc, which I presume is just a small amount of disclosure."
He asked that his client's case return next Thursday, when her co-accused, the victim's father, Spencer Lee Jordan, is also back in court.
Magoon and Jordan are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Meika, who police say died of blunt-force trauma to the head and abdomen last Nov. 14, and not from a tumble down stairs, as had been claimed.
Police also say the girl suffered third-degree burns on the palm of a hand and fingers.
Following Magoon's appearance, Kyla Woodhouse said she's not concerned with the pace of the case.
"We're very happy things are moving along the way they are," she said.
"We're very confident (police and the Crown) will do a good job for us."
The mom, who is pregnant with another child due the day after the first anniversary of Meika's death, said she and Brian will be honouring the girl's life that day instead of mourning her.
"We're going to be celebrating a wonderful life," Brian said.
Both accused remain in custody awaiting trial.