Murder accused's trial could be held earlier

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A trial of Napier man Chazz Hayden Hall over the alleged murder of former partner Victoria Foster could be heard earlier than its current scheduled start date of November 21.

The possibly was raised when he appeared for case review proceedings in the High Court at Napier today with Justice Simon France, via audio visual link from Wellington.

Hall, who turned 29 last month, had pleaded not guilty at another appearance in the court in February and has been remanded in continued custody pending the trial.

He is charged with killing nurse and mother-of-one Victoria Foster, 24, who was found dead at her Westshore unit on the night of Labour Day, October 26 last year.

Hall was apprehended later that night when shot by police when stopped in Clive, allegedly armed and said to have fired shots at police during a low-speed car chase as police sought him for questioning.

Today he was further remanded to appear for procedural matters on July 12.

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