Busy court schedule leads to delay in murder trial

Jason Brewer’s trial for 2012 New Year’s Eve killing is set to resume in June

The murder trial for Jason Brewer won’t be back in Supreme Court in New Westminster until June.

Last week, the trial came to a halt, just after the accused took the stand.

According to the court registry, the trial ran out of court time and the June date was the nearest slot to resume the case.

Brewer, 26, has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of his friend Cole Manning, 40, whose naked, bloodied body was found face down on Brewer’s bed New Year’s Eve of 2012.

Brewer doesn’t deny he killed Manning, but is claiming self defence. The trial was originally set to take three weeks.

Brewer stabbed his friend Manning almost two dozen times, leaving the kitchen knife in his victim’s neck.

He then fled his Willoughby basement suite and met with a longtime friend, confessing what he had done.

That friend called 911.

Several hours later, police tracked him down and after a short police pursuit arrested him near the Greater Vancouver Zoo.