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Trio ordered to stand trial for Surrey mom's murder

Baljinder Singh Bahia, Eduard Viktorovitch Baranec and Tanpreet Kaur Athwal have been ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in the killing of Surrey
Baljinder Singh Bahia, Eduard Viktorovitch Baranec and Tanpreet Kaur Athwal have been ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in the killing of Surrey's Amanpreet Kaur Bahia (below).
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Three people charged with the 2007 murder of a Surrey mother of three have been ordered to stand trial.

Amanpreet Kaur Bahia's body was found in a pool of blood in her home near 125 Street and 58 Avenue more than five years ago by family members who had returned from an outing.

Murder victim Amanpreet BahiaPolice described the death as a "brutal, violent attack. Two of her three young daughters were home when the murder occurred, left to fend for themselves for several hours while their mother lay dead.

It wasn't until last year that Amanpreet's husband Baljinder Singh Bahia, 41, was arrested, along with two others: 33-year-old Eduard Viktorovitch Baranec and Tanpreet Kaur Athwal, 42.

All three were charged with first-degree murder.

In laying charges last year, police revealed that Bahia's husband was identified as a "person of interest" early in the investigation. In December 2010, investigators from the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crime Historical Case Unit - South provided investigators with new information that assisted in advancing the investigation, said police.

The trial was ordered Tuesday (May 15) after a short preliminary hearing that began the day before in Surrey Provincial Court.

The trio's case will now proceed to B.C. Supreme Court. A trial date has not been set.

 

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