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Preliminary hearing for accused Parti Quebecois election night shooter begins May 2

04/03/2013 05:38 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - The preliminary hearing for the man accused of first-degree murder in last September's election night shooting will begin May 2.

Richard Henry Bain did not have a lawyer when he made his latest court appearance on Wednesday.

But after listening to more than two hours of complaints and legal questions, Quebec court Judge Jean-Paul Braun set aside 11 days for the preliminary inquiry.

Bain asked at one point to be transferred to an Ontario jail, but the judge said he would have to make that request to Superior Court.

Bain, who faces 16 charges, is accused of killing a stage technician in back of the downtown nightclub where Premier Pauline Marois was delivering her victory speech last September fourth.

Crown prosecutor Eliane Perreault indicated she has a list of 33 witnesses. Bain said she doesn't need them all.

Bain rambled on that he was at the nightclub so Marois would not give her speech or have her party.

The accused lost his legal-aid lawyer because he did not qualify financially.