Accused in Toronto girl's Murder to Appear in Court
By BEN SPENCER, Sun Media
A man charged with second-degree murder in the death of seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson made a brief appearance in a Toronto
Warren Johnson, 45, appeared via videolink at Old City Hall.
He was ordered to appear again via videolink on Aug. 20.
Johnson, who is being held in the Toronto East Detention Centre, and his common-law wife, Donna Irving, 29, were both charged
with second-degree murder in Katelynn's death.
Katelynn was found dead on Aug. 3. Police said she had been “assaulted throughout her entire body,” the apparent
victim of months of brutality.
Accused in Toronto Girl's Murder to appear in Court Next Week
Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
TORONTO - Warren Johnson, the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson, appeared
briefly in court Wednesday to set a trial date but was instead ordered to re-appear on Aug. 20.
Johnson, 46, made his appearance by video in the Old City Hall courthouse.
He and his common-law wife Donna Irving stand accused of killing the daughter of their friend - a crime police have characterized
as among the worst cases of child abuse they have seen in decades. The girl was found dead on Aug. 3 and police say she suffered
Katelynn had been living with Irving since May 2007.
Brett Gundlock/National Post
The couple, who have two sons, had been granted legal guardianship of Katelynn in May of 2007 while her mother dealt with
some personal issues.
On Tuesday, nearly 400 people gathered at a Toronto church for Katelynn's funeral. The girl's death has sparked a firestorm
of controversy, calling into question how the 29-year-old Irving, a woman with a violent criminal record, was granted custody
of the girl.