Richard Henry Bain trial expected to begin January 2015

Richard Henry Bain, the suspect in the Quebec election night shooting, is seen in a YouTube video
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The trial of suspected Quebec election night shooter Richard Henry Bain is expected to proceed starting in January of 2015.

Bain is accused of 15 charges including first degree murder and attempted murder following the deadly shooting at the Metropolis show venue in September 2012.

"I think the trial will happen in 2015 with or without a lawyer," crown prosecutor Eliane Perreault said, referring to Bain who has had trouble finding a lawyer since he is not eligible for legal aid, something he'll be arguing in February. If Bain's current lawyer won't be paid by the government, he's already said he won't continue.

But Perreault said she believes that won't hold up the trial.

"The proof is not difficult. It's long, it's lengthy, but it's not very complex evidence. I think Mr. Bain is able to defend himself in that type of file," Perreault told reporters.

"It's a very lengthy one and that's criteria the judge will have to consider."

Perreault said she foresees ten weeks to lay out her case and the defence, two, for now. Bain's lawyer Jean-Marc Tremblay said that may change depending on the evidence. The judge set aside four months for the trial just in case. Bain was not present in court this time.

Stagehand Denis Blanchette was shot and killed September 4, 2012 at the Metropolis where the PQ was celebrating its election victory. His co-worker Dave Courage was also shot and suffered serious injuries.

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