Police investigate shortly after noon Dec. 10, 2014, after a child's body – later identified as that of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone (below) – was found in a vehicle in South Surrey. The body of Surrey teen Serena Vermeersch (bottom) was found in September 2014, near 146 Street and 66 Avenue.

Police investigate shortly after noon Dec. 10, 2014, after a child's body – later identified as that of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone (below) – was found in a vehicle in South Surrey. The body of Surrey teen Serena Vermeersch (bottom) was found in September 2014, near 146 Street and 66 Avenue.

Murder trials set in pair of 2014 deaths

Trial dates have been set in two high-profile Surrey murder cases

Trial dates have been set in two high-profile Surrey murder cases – but those wanting resolution to either case still have at least a year to wait.

Teagan BatstoneProceedings against South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone – charged with killing her eight-year-old daughter in December 2014 – have been scheduled for June 5-30 of next year in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Later that year, Raymond Caissie – charged with killing 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch in September 2014 – is to be tried, beginning Nov. 6, 2017. Those proceedings are scheduled to continue until Dec. 8.

Both trials were set earlier this month, during a June 9 appearance at the New Westminster courthouse, and won’t get underway until more than two years after the crimes were committed.

Batstone was arrested Dec. 10, 2014 and charged with second-degree murder following the discovery of the body of her daughter Teagan, a Grade 3 student at Rosemary Heights Elementary, in the back of a car in cul-de-sac just south of Crescent Road.

In January 2015, she was found fit to stand trial.

Serena VermeerschCaissie was ordered last February to stand trial, following a preliminary inquiry. His arrest in connection with Vermeersch’s death – her body was discovered near 146 Street and 66 Avenue in Surrey a day after she was reported missing –  sparked outrage, as he had been released from prison in 2013 after serving a 22-year sentence for a violent sexual assault and robbery in Abbotsford in 1991.

At the time of Caissie’s release, the B.C. Corrections Branch issued a warning to the public that he planned to live in Surrey and was considered at high risk to re-offend.

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