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New trial date set in death of Cremona-area woman

Philip Jeffrey Toner faces a charge of second degree murder in death of Sundre hairstylist
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Brenda Ware, whose body was found northeast of Radium, B.C. in Kootenay National Park earlier in May 2021 by RCMP, was the only niece of Valerie Ware, from Sundre, who said Canada’s justice system failed Brenda by releasing Philip Toner, the man accused of second degree murder in connection with the homicide who had at the time recently finished serving a sentence for a past sexual assault and was still deemed a moderate to high risk of reoffending. Valerie stood solo outside the Didsbury provincial courtroom on Monday, May 31, 2021 when Toner was scheduled to appear remotely. File photo/MVP Staff

CREMONA - A man charged in the May 2021 death of Cremona-area woman Brenda Ware will be going to trial in January, court officials said Monday.

Philip Jeffrey Toner faces a charge of second degree murder. Ware was last seen in Didsbury on May 4, 2021 and found deceased in Kooteney National Park near Radium, B.C. two days later.

Toner was arrested and charged on May 11 and remains in custody.

His jury trial in King’s Bench in Calgary was originally scheduled to start on June 12 but was adjourned at the request of his lawyer.

A new trial date of Jan. 15 to Jan. 26 in Calgary King’s Bench has now been set.

A pre-trial hearing has also been scheduled for Nov. 20-24 in King’s Bench.

Ware lived near Cremona and worked as a hairstylist in Sundre.

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