The trial date of suspected Quebec election night shooter Richard Henry Bain all hinges on whether he has a legal aid lawyer or not.
But the judge organizing the scheduling made it clear if Bain represents himself, the trial will proceed January 5 of next year.
Judge Marc David scheduled a hearing later this month that will determine if Bain can get legal aid.
If that works out, David indicated he'd like to see the trial begin in January or February at the latest because he doesn't want it to spill over into the summer.
Bain's lawyer, Jean-Marc Tremblay, argued that would not give him enough time to prepare.
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.
The trial is expected to last between eight to twelve weeks.
Bain, who appeared relatively subdued compared to his previous court appearances, announced in court that if he represents himself, he'll call 150 witnesses. He also said he'd like to seek bail pending trial.
Once the legal aid issue is settled, the trial date should finally be decided next month.
A new crown prosecutor is also entering the case because the previous one, Eliane Perrault has since been appointed as a judge.
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.