Hearing set for accused wife killer

A preliminary hearing will take place in December for an elderly man accused of killing his spouse.

Konstanty (Karol) Butkiewicz, 84, of Campbell River is charged with second degree murder and is currently free after posting $25,000 cash bail.

Butkiewicz is accused of killing his 71-year-old common-law wife Caroline Doreen Surrett. She was found dead Feb. 25, in the house they shared at 874 S. Alder St., after RCMP received a 911 call.

On Monday, in Campbell River provincial court, a preliminary inquiry was set for Dec. 16. These hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

As part of Butkiewicz’ bail conditions, he is bound by an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

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