Son accused of mother’s murder expected back in court

The remains of Lianjie Guo were found in a suitcase near Powell River, B.C., on July 29



VANCOUVER -- A man charged with murder after his visiting mother's body was found in a suitcase near Powell River this summer is expected back in court next month.

Yuan Xi Tang, 25, will be back in BC Provincial Court in Richmond on Dec. 20 for a pretrial conference.

Crown prosecutor Jeremy Hermanson said the hearing will pave the way for a preliminary inquiry, where the judge will review evidence before deciding whether court should hold a trial.

The body of Tang's mother was located July 29, more than a month after she went missing in the Lower Mainland. Tang and his father were both involved in a search and public appeal for her before her remains were found.

Tang is charged with first-degree murder and counselling to commit an indictable offence.

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