Accused Hanson Island killer says he understands charges

The murder trial of a Hanson Island man accused of killing his wife is expected to be held in Campbell River in the new year

The murder trial of a Hanson Island man accused of killing his wife is expected to be held in Campbell River in the new year.

Traigo Andretti, 37, is charged with the first degree murder of Jennifer McPherson, 41. He’s also charged with committing an indignity to a human body after her remains were discovered May 6 on Hanson Island.

On Monday, in B.C. Supreme Court in Campbell River, Andretti appeared by video from jail cells in Victoria where he’s been held since his arrest in May. He has not had a bail hearing and hasn’t asked for one.

Andretti is also without legal counsel.

He has repeatedly said he doesn’t want a lawyer and intends to represent himself, although the court has ordered that a lawyer be appointed to advise Andretti.

The accused man told the judge again on Monday that he still does not want a lawyer and he understands the charges against him.

The court appearance was to confirm the Oct. 31 pre-trial conference that will take place in Nanaimo. Later, outside the courtroom Crown prosecutor David Fitzsimmons said the trial is still slated to take place in Campbell River.