New trials to be set for convicted killer

The Aldergrove man convicted of murder this spring will be back in court in June to schedule two more trials.

In late April, a jury found Davey Mato Butorac guilty of second degree murder in the killing of Langley City’s Sheryl Lynn Koroll.

Koroll vanished in the early morning hours of July 7, 2007. Her body was found hours later by workers arriving at a Mufford Crescent industrial business.

Now Butorac will be going back to court twice more, for two more murder charges.

Butorac is also a suspect in the murder of Abbotsford’s Gwendolyn Jo Lawton, found dead March 13, 2007 in a rural area of her home town.

Aldergrove’s Margaret Redford was found murdered in 2006, and Butorac was also charged in that investigation after he was arrested for the murders of Koroll and Lawton.

Butorac’s next court appearance is on June 11. He might have appearances for his next two trials scheduled.

On Sept. 11, Butorac will be sentenced for the murder of Koroll. Because he has been convicted of second degree murder, he will automatically receive a life sentence, but the judge will be able to rule on the length of time Butorac can serve before being eligible for parole.

Butorac has already been behind bars for years, and this spring’s murder trial was his second on the charge of killing Koroll.

A previous trial saw Butorac convicted of killing both Koroll and Lawton.

However, he appealed and the judge’s decision was overturned by the B.C. Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court judges ruled that the judge in the first trial erred in linking the two murders, and new separate trials were ordered.

The Crown did not bring up either Redford or Lawton during the most recent trial.

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