A preliminary hearing has been set for the man accused of the first degree murder of 26 year old Courtney Johnstone.

Shane Babitsch previously elected to a trial by judge and jury, and a three day preliminary hearing will be held from February 17th to 20th next year.

The 22 year old is in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

He was charged even before the remains of Johnstone were found at the Aquatera Waste Management Facility on February 15th, after a lengthy search.