Accused in Byron Carr murder elects to have case heard in P.E.I. Supreme Court

The man accused of killing a Montague teacher 35 years ago has elected to have his case heard before a Supreme Court judge and jury, should it go to trial.

Todd Joseph Gallant, who also goes by Todd Joseph Irving, will be back in court July 4.

Gallant was not in Charlottetown court for the proceedings Thursday. His lawyer, Chris Montigny, appeared on his behalf.

Montigny also waived the need for a preliminary hearing, which is a hearing held by the court to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

This is the eighth time Gallant's case has been called before the courts since his arrest back in January.

Gallant, 56, is charged with first-degree murder and interfering with human remains in the death of Byron Carr in 1988.

The high school teacher was strangled in his Charlottetown home.