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A central Alberta man accused of killing his parents and his sister has failed to persuade a judge to toss the case.

Lawyers for Jason Klaus had argued in Red Deer provincial court last month that it took too long for his trial to go ahead under rules set out by the Supreme Court of Canada.

But the application has been denied.

Klaus, who is 41, is charged with first-degree murder and arson in the deaths of his parents Gordon and Sandra Klaus, and his sister Monica Klaus.

Jason Klaus charged with murder in deaths of parents, sister
Jason Klaus appears in Red Deer court on family murder charges
Police believe all three died in a house fire in Castor, Alta., in December 2013.

Sandra & Gordon Klaus
Police believe Gordon Klaus, right, his daughter Monica (inset) and wife Sandra were murdered. (Supplied)

The remains of Gordon Klaus, 61, and his daughter Monica Klaus, 40, were found in the rubble of a burnt-out house on Dec. 8, 2013.

The body of Sandra Klaus, 62, was never found. Police said it was possible her remains were destroyed in the fire.

Joshua Frank, a friend of Klaus, faces the same charges along with one related to animal cruelty.

Klaus and Frank were arrested and charged in August 2014 after police dive teams discovered a key piece of evidence.

A six-week trial is to begin in Red Deer on Oct. 10.

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Re: Trial for Castor Ab man Jason Klaus - allegedly murdered family 2013
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 11:03:22 AM »

Duo convicted of murdering family in rural Alberta

Kevin Martin
Published on: January 10, 2018 | Last Updated: January 10, 2018 5:53 PM MST

RED DEER ? The Crown will apply to have convicted killers Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus locked up for a minimum 75 years after they were convicted Wednesday of three counts of first-degree murder.
Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor told Justice Eric Macklin he will seek the maximum available punishment for the two killers over the Dec. 8, 2013 shooting deaths of Klaus? parents and adult sister.

Both Klaus, 42, and Frank, 32, will receive mandatory life sentences for their roles in the slayings of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus, who were shot dead by Frank in their Castor farmhouse.
But Macklin must still decide the issue of parole ineligibility.

Relatively new provisions of the Criminal Code allow for consecutive periods of parole ineligibility in cases of multiple murders.
The minimum period of time Macklin can order the duo held without full parole is 25 years.
He?ll hear sentencing submissions from the Crown and defence lawyers