Trial delayed for men accused in Maple Batalia’s murder

Gurjinder Dhaliwal and Gursimar Bedi now slated for March 1 trial start.

Maple Batalia

Maple Batalia

Two men accused in the fatal shooting of a Surrey SFU student nearly four-and-a-half years ago are scheduled to go to trial beginning next week.

Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal is charged with first-degree murder in the death of teen Maple Batalia, while co-accused Gursimar Singh Bedi is charged with manslaughter with a firearm and being an accessory after the fact.

The two are being tried together and the trial was to begin earlier this week. But during a brief court appearance Tuesday, lawyers for the accused told the judge they needed more time to review documents.

Their trial is now scheduled to start March 1 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Batalia, 19, was gunned down in a parkade outside SFU Surrey on Sept. 28, 2011. Dhaliwal was her ex-boyfriend, and was charged, along with Bedi, in 2012.


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