Judge rules enough evidence for Shawnigan Lake’s Anthony Kubica to stand trial for murder. (File photo)

Anthony Kubica to stand trial for murder in California

Preliminary hearing for Shawnigan Lake man ended on Feb. 25

A California judge has determined there is sufficient evidence for Shawnigan Lake’s Anthony Michael Kubica to stand trial for murder.

John Hall, a public information officer with Riverside County’s district attorney’s office, said Judge Edward Forstenzer concluded there was reasonable probable cause to order Kubica to stand trial after his preliminary hearing ended on Feb. 25.

“His next court date is on March 11 for what is called an ‘information arraignment’,” Hall said.

“That is the arraignment on any charges after the preliminary hearing and, in this case, the murder count. The hearings after this upcoming arraignment are called a trial readiness conference. At some point in the future, they will schedule a potential date for trial.”

Kubica spent approximately eight months in a Canadian jail last year after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled there was enough evidence for him to be extradited to face charges of murder and kidnapping of Palm Springs resident Marie Darling, a 78-year-old wealthy widow who disappeared from her home 28 years ago.

RELATED STORY: CALIFORNIA SEEKS EXTRADITION OF COWICHAN VALLEY MAN

After the Supreme Court’s ruling, the case went to former Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould whose approval is required for an extradition to take place after a judicial process determines there is enough evidence for a suspect to face charges in another country.

It took almost eight months for the minister’s approval for Kubica’s extradition, which finally took place late last year.

RELATED STORY: JUDGE SAYS ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR EXTRADITION IN CASE OF SHAWNIGAN LAKE MAN

Kubica is currently being held at a detention center in Murrieta, California, in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to the declaration in support of an arrest warrant for Kubica that was filed with the Superior Court of California in Oct. 2017, Darling’s body was found by hikers by the side of a highway shortly after her disappearance 28 years ago in a sleeping bag with her feet wrapped in duct tape.

An autopsy performed on the body found the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

More than $184,000 was transferred out of Darling’s Swiss bank account to an account in Anguilla that Kubica, who lived and operated a company in Palm Springs at the time, had allegedly opened around the same time the body was found.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Brentwood, DCS lead provincial track qualifiers

Heisterman, Hayer, Castle and Bannister claim Island gold

Holey trees make a stir near Cowichan Bay

Specialists believes cause is insects and climate change

VIDEO: ‘Celtic Connections’ show in Duncan features Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir

They’ll be joined by their hosts, Concenti Women and Acafellas choirs from Cowichan

Lexi Bainas column: Dance, dance, dance your way to the nearest theatre to celebrate Valley’s young talent

With every studio winding up its year soon, look for a tasty menu of great performances

Cowichan Rats fall to Victoria Blazers

Rematch set for Saturday at Cowichan Arena

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Coming up in Cowichan: From bike rodeo to ‘A Word About Consent’, lots on the calendar

Christian Science event coming to Duncan Saturday, May 25 “Breaking News: Freedom… Continue reading

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

Prepare yourself for tick season, says Island Health official

2017 saw three reported cases of Lyme disease

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Most Read