The man accused of killing a 20-year-old woman from the Lower Mainland is facing two additional charges of aggravated assault.
Alan Charles Chapman, 47, dressed in an all orange prison uniform sat down quietly expressionless behind the glass and didn’t say a word as he appeared in person at Victoria Provincial Court Wednesday morning.
The Nanaimo man is charged with the first-degree murder of Emily Caruana and the aggravated assault of her boyfriend Justin Booth and her uncle John Caruana.
The charges were sworn on May 14, three days after what police are calling a “violent struggle” at Emily’s grandmothers home on Meadowlark Lane. Emily was killed in the violent confrontation. John and Booth are recovering from serious injuries.
The accused stayed silent and did not have representation in Wednesday’s provincial court appearance. Simply nodding when judge Roger Cutler suggested he should get a lawyer. Judge Cutler remanded Chapman back into custody until his next court appearance on May 29th.
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has taken the lead on the investigation and police said the violent struggle was not a random act. Police have not released any further details but are asking anyone with information to call VIIMCU at 250-380-6200.