The first-degree murder trial involving Robert Iverson resumed on this week.
A psychological assessment of Iverson's fitness to stand trial was ordered last week in reaction to the accused's decision to represent himself and remain mute during the proceedings.
Iverson was charged with firstdegree murder in connection to the 2010 death of 53-year-old Cheryl Sim, whose body was found in a shopping cart near a Nanaimo hotel.
The accused continued to maintain his silence, spending much of the trial's duration in a standing position, gazing toward Supreme Court of B.C. Judge Robert Punnett and the coat-of-arms on the wall behind him. Iverson swayed slightly and took time for the occasional stretch as the prosecution continued to enter evidence against him into the record, including a blood-stained cushion found in a dumpster near the Nanaimo bus depot during the investigation. Other items entered into the court record included various hair samples and a bloody blanket.
Iverson has decided to represent himself.
The Crown is expected to call as many as 30 witnesses in the proceedings.
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