Update: Court hearing for man charged in fatal church shooting adjourned to May

Matrix Savage Gathergood is charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault

Update 10:55 a.m:

Matrix Savage Gathergood appeared by video in a Salmon Arm courtroom on Tuesday.

Gathergood’s lawyer Johnathan Avis requested a two-week adjournment of the matter until May 7, which Crown counsel and the judge agreed to. The purpose adjournment is to provide additional time for the lawyers to prepare their cases.

Gathergood sat with his hands folded in his lap. He was dressed in orange prison attire with shoulder-length blonde hair and a beard.

Original Story:

The man charged in the Salmon Arm Church of Christ shooting that left one person dead and another injured is to appear in court Tuesday morning.

Matrix Savage Gathergood was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and disguising himself with intent to commit an offence.

Gordon Parmenter, 78, was killed in the April 14 shooting. Paul Derkach was shot in the leg while trying to care for Parmenter and is facing lengthy recovery.

An online fundraiser has been set up for Derkach. A separate one set up before the shooting for Gordon and wife Peggy Parmenter, whose trailer was destroyed in a fire deemed suspicious by police, continues to raise funds to support Peggy.

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