Murder case inching forward

A preliminary hearing date is expected to set this week for a Langford man accused of first degree murder.

Joseph Knelsen, 44, is charged with the murder of Gordon Berg, 53.

Berg’s body was found in his Jeanine Drive home in the Mill Hill area of Langford around 11 p.m. on March 7.

Knelsen was arrested without incident near Western Speedway the next morning.

Police have disclosed the Langford men knew each other and there was a weapon involved, but few details surrounding the altercation have been released. Two women at the residence around the time of the alleged homicide are considered witnesses.

Knelsen appeared in Western Communities Courthouse via video on April 21, but movement on the case was delayed until April 28.

Knelsen’s lawyer Paul Pearson expects the date to be set this week for at least seven days of preliminary hearings, which will determine if the case goes to trial.

Knelsen is currently in custody at the Vancouver Island Correctional Centre. Pearson said Knelsen will be applying for bail.



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