David Folker. — Telegram file photo
Two jurors and two alternate jurors were dismissed this morning from the jury selected to hear the murder trial of David Folker, which was expected to begin today in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s.
That leaves the jury with 10 members.
Justice Wayne Dymond told the court that two of the jurors were dismissed due to medical reasons, and the two others due to commitments relating to employment and other issues.
Those people had not informed the court of the issues during the jury selection process, he said.
The jury selection panel from last week will now be called back to court on Tuesday to select two jurors and two alternates, with the hope the trial will get underway Wednesday morning.
Folker is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Ann Marie Shirran in 2010.
Shirran disappeared in July of that year. It was reportedly Folker who first told authorities that Shirran was missing.
Shirran, 32, was reportedly last seen near the Kilbride home she shared with Folker and their young son. Campers discovered her body on Sept. 2, 2010, in the woods south of Cappahayden on the southern shore.
Folker was arrested less than 24 hours after police revealed it was Shirran's body. He was granted bail in December 2010 on the condition he live with his mother in Nova Scotia.
The trial is expected to take eight weeks. The charges against Folker include second-degree murder and improperly or indecently interfering with or performing an indignity to a human body.
The trial was originally set to start more than a year and a half ago in February 2012, but Folker's lawyer at the time, Bob Simmonds, had to drop the case, citing his schedule and financial reasons. Lawyers Jason Edwards and Scott Hurley now represent Folker.
Crown prosecutors Iain Hollett and Lloyd Strickland indicated the Crown expects to call more than 50 witnesses.