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Trial date set for 3 Surrey men accused of killing Abbotsford couple

Arnold and Joanne De Jong were murdered in their home in May 2022
Arnold and Joanne De Jong were killed in their Abbotsford home in May 2022. (Submitted photo)

A trial date has been set for three Surrey men accused of killing Abbotsford couple Arnold and Joanne De Jong in May 2022.

Jury selection for Gurkaran Singh, Abhijeet Singh and Khushveer Toor – all in their early 20s – has been set for May 14, 2024, with the trial scheduled to begin May 27.

The three were each charged in December 2022 with two counts of first-degree murder.

Arnold, 77, and Joanne, 76, were found dead on the morning of May 9, 2022 in their home in the 33600 block of Arcadian Way, a rural road in east Abbotsford (west of the Abbotsford-Mission Highway between Clayburn and Bateman roads).

Police have not released their cause of death.

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The couple owned De Jong Transport, and Arnold travelled almost two million miles over the years in his 1965 Hayes truck, transporting produce, berries, flowers and eggs.

Joanne was a licensed practical nurse at local hospitals before staying home to raise their three daughters.

Charges were announced at a press conference in Abbotsford on Dec. 16, 2022, at which time police said one of the three men knew the De Jongs, although the circumstances were not clear.

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Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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