This image of Gabriel Klein was released by police at the time of his arrest in November 2016. (Abbotsford Police Department)

Gabriel Klein fit to stand trial for Letisha Reimer’s death: judge

Reimer was killed during a stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

A British Columbia Supreme Court justice has ruled that the man accused of killing 13-year-old Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary is fit to stand trial.

Gabriel Klein will remain at a psychiatric hospital for the duration of the trial – which is scheduled to begin Oct. 7 – instead of going to a pre-trial centre.

Klein is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the November 2016 stabbing attack that killed Reimer and wounded another girl.

Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes declared him unfit to stand trial last April because he suffers from schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions.

The B.C. Review Board ruled Jan. 15 that he was fit to stand trial, and Holmes agreed with requests from the Crown and defence on Thursday that she also declare him fit.

READ MORE: Accused Abbotsford school killer found fit to stand trial

Court heard that Klein is taking a new medication that has made it easier for him to understand court proceedings and communicate.

READ MORE: Man charged in Abbotsford school stabbing found unfit to stand trial

READ MORE: No decision on Abbotsford school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

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