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Piper plea pushed back

By Paul Everest
May 28, 2013

Since his lawyer is still waiting for information from police about their investigation, a court appearance for the Olds man accused of murdering an Aidrie resident in January was put over until June 6.

Dustin Piper, 23, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Garland Curtis, 40, was scheduled to appear in a Calgary courtroom on May 23 to enter a plea.

The appearance was pushed back two weeks, however, as the defence is waiting on disclosure from police.

Piper has been in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre since his arrest in Didsbury on March 16.

Curtis was found dead in his Airdrie home on Jan. 10 after a co-worker in Fort McMurray reported him missing.

Police have said Piper and Curtis knew each other.

Although police have not provided details about how they knew each other, a man who attended a previous court appearance for Piper and told reporters he was in a relationship with the accused at the time of his arrest and said Piper and Curtis had been romantically involved.

The charge against Piper has not been proved in court.

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