Preliminary Hearing for Vancouver Man Charged with Double Murder

Jason Holland of Vancouver is charged with murder in connection with the July 2020 shooting of two men at a Commercial Drive home.

A man charged with two counts of murder in connection with a 2020 double homicide in Vancouver will face a preliminary hearing from January 18.

Joseph Holland of Vancouver, was arrested in Harrison Hot Springs on the night of July 8 in Harrison Hot Springs by the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, assisted by Chilliwack and Agassiz RCMP and the VPD’s Emergency Response Team.

The victims were identified as Dennis Wragg, 72, and Paul Tonks, 68, both from Vancouver.

Police received a 911 call just before 12:30 p.m. on July 8, 2020, about two men shot and killed at a residence near Commercial Drive and East 11th Avenue. Paramedics were on the scene with the Vancouver Police Department and confirmed that both were dead.

It is unknown how many witnesses will appear, although one of them will appear on video due to age-related concerns and will require an interpreter.

Asked by Judge Kathryn Denhoff if he would like to appear at the preliminary hearing via video, Holland replied, “Yes, yes.”

A charge of attempted murder with a firearm also appears in the Dutch court on January 7.

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to take the case to court.

A publishing ban covers such hearings so as not to tarnish a prospective jury.

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