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The man accused of killing Tess Richey appeared in court



A man accused of killing a young woman who disappeared in Toronto's gay village last year appeared in court on Monday.

Kalen Schlatter, 22, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tess Richey in November 2017.

Schlatter, wearing a blue suit with a white shirt, showed no emotion during a brief appearance on Monday morning.

After a short break, pre-trial was set for January 17.

Richey, 22, was reported missing on November 25 after he spent the night with a friend in the streets of Church and Wellesley.

His mother, who traveled from a family home in North Bay, Ontario, to find her daughter, found Richey's body four days later on the outer staircase. The area where his body was found was only a few steps from where Richey was last seen.

Police said Richey died of "neck compression."

Kalen Schlatter was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tess Richey. (Facebook)

Schlatter was initially accused of carrying out second-degree murder in February, but the accusation was increased to first-degree murder in March when police said they found new evidence.

Schlatter was denied bail in this case in August.

According to police, Richey and Schlatter did not know each other before the night he disappeared. They said Richey met Schlatter on the road after he and his friend left the bar.

Investigators also said surveillance videos showed Schlatter and Richey together near the area where his body was found by his mother.

Police faced criticism for their failure to find Richey after his departure.

In June, two officers were charged with violations under the Police Service Law in connection with this case.


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