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Key dates in a gang trial in Vancouver

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Significant dates in the case of a gang shooting that killed six people, including two innocent bystanders, in Surrey, B.C.:

Oct. 19, 2007: Six people are found dead in a highrise condo in Surrey. The men are later identified as Michael Lal, 26; Ryan Bartolomeo, 19; Corey Lal, 21; Eddie Narong, 22; Ed Schellenberg, 55; and Chris Mohan, 22. Police say Schellenberg, a fireplace repairman, and Mohan, who lived across the hall from the murder scene, were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

April 3, 2009: A man pleads guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, but due to a publication ban he can only be referred to as Person X.

April 4, 2009: RCMP announce charges against Cody Ray Haevischer and Matthew James Johnson, both 24, for conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder. The RCMP also announce charges against James Kyle Bacon, 23, for conspiracy and one count of first-degree murder.

June 18, 2009: The Mounties announce that Quang Vinh Thang (Michael) Le, 24, was arrested the day before as he arrived in Manila from Vietnam. Charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy were approved in Canada a month earlier.

June 29, 2009: Police announce Le has been extradited to Canada from the Philippines.

Sept. 30, 2013: Haevischer, Johnson and Le stand trial in Vancouver. Bacon will stand trial separately at a later date.

Nov. 28, 2013: Le pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit murder; the Crown says it won't proceed with the murder charge.

Dec. 17, 2013: Le is sentenced to 12 years in prison. With time served, three years remain on his sentence and he could be eligible to apply for parole by the end of 2014.

April 7, 2014: B.C. Supreme Court Judge Catherine Wedge lifts a publication ban that allows reporters to reveal that Le signed an immunity deal and agreed to testify against Haevischer and Johnson. Le is also expected to testify at Bacon's trial

May 20, 2014: The Crown wraps up its case against Haevischer and Johnston.

June 9, 2014: Defence lawyers for Haevischer and Johnston announce they won't be calling any evidence.

July 2, 2014: The Crown begins closing arguments.

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