The Woodstock, Ont., nurse accused of killing eight people and trying to kill four others is one step closer to a trial.
The judicial pre-trial date was set Friday morning in court, which was packed by family members of the people Elizabeth Wettlaufer is accused of killing.
Friday’s appearance was the second time Wettlaufer appeared in person in court since being charged last fall.
Most of her previous appearances have been by video from the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.
Wettlaufer made Friday’s court appearance dressed in a white shirt and black pants, wearing leg irons and hand cuffs.
She will be back in court May 12, via video, when lawyers and the judge will go over evidence.
The 49-year-old from Woodstock, Ont., faces a total of 14 charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Court documents allege Wettlaufer injected the six new alleged victims with insulin.
Police allege the crimes took place over the last decade in three Ontario long-term care facilities, where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse, and a private home.
The case is progressing quickly through the justice system, the judge noted Friday.