Nearly a dozen members of the family of Pauline Brazeau were in Cochrane Provincial Court today (Nov. 21) in hopes of getting a glimpse of her accused murderer of nearly 47 years ago.

Ronald James Edward, 74, did not make an appearance. Instead, newly-appointed counsel Pawel Milczarek appeared before Justice Marian De Souza to request disclosure documents from the Crown.

The case returns to Cochrane court on Dec. 5, and Brazeau's family intends to return in hopes of finally seeing the accused. 

"We were hoping, but it is what it is, and we'll see in December," said a family member. "We'll see what happens then."

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Ronald James Edwards is accused of killing 16-year-old Pauline Brazeau. He was arrested on Nov. 7, and charged with noncapital murder, which aligns with legal terminology of the 1970s Criminal Code.

On Jan. 8, 1976, Brazeau was last seen at a pizza shop on 17th Avenue S.W. At 2:30 a.m. the next morning, her body was discovered on Jumping Pound Forestry Rd. located approximately 35 km southwest of Cochrane.

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