In the years before her death, Margaret Redford had struggled with addiction, but the 47-year-old mother of two was “living peacefully” in Aldergrove at the time of her murder, her father said Monday (Nov. 7).
“She was getting over it,” Ed Redford told The Times outside Surrey Provincial Court following a brief appearance by the man accused of her murder.
Davey Mato Butorac, 33, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of Redford, who was discovered dead in Bertrand Creek on May 20, 2006, just blocks from where Butorac was living with his father.
Butorac was scheduled to begin a seven-day preliminary hearing of the evidence against him, but instead made a short appearance via a video link from prison where the hearing was reduced from seven to two-and-half days without explanation.
The hearing is now set to begin Monday, Nov. 14.
Redford, who has volunteered to work night shift at his place of employment, plans to attend every day of the hearing, mostly so his son and wife won’t have to.
“I just want to get it over with,” he said.
His daughter is survived by a young son and daughter, Redford added.
“My grandson still isn’t over it,” he said.