The so-called homeless drifter accused of randomly stabbing an Abbotsford Senior Secondary student to death at her school last Tuesday has made his first in-person court appearance.
But the 21-year-old continues to refuse to speak.
Covered in a blanket and staring at the ground, Gabriel Klein was wheeled into a Surrey courtroom in a wheelchair and did not respond to the judge’s questions.
Crown says Klein was taken to hospital, but doctors determined there was no medical need to keep him there, therefore he remains in jail.
The judge says Klein has the right not to speak but encouraged him to consult a lawyer.
Klein is charged with the second degree murder of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, and the aggravated assault of her 14-year-old friend at Abbotsford Senior Secondary last week.
The judge says the justice system is a coercive, not voluntary process and the case will proceed.
He has suggested the case move to New Westminster for trial before a jury, but next steps will be determined at 2 p.m.