A man accused of mass murder in a 2007 gangland shooting in Surrey appeared unconcerned as he was charged yesterday with six counts of first-degree murder.

Cody Rae Haevischer, 24, of Nanaimo is a short man with a thick, muscular build and close-cropped hair. He and three other members of the Red Scorpions gang are charged with the Surrey Six slayings at the Balmoral Tower highrise in October 2007.

Killed in the targeted hit were alleged drug dealers Ryan Bartolomeo, Eddie Narong, and Corey and Michael Lal as well as innocent bystanders Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan.

Haevischer, who was wearing a grey hoodie, glanced around the courtroom once as the six first-degree murder charges and the single charge of conspiracy to commit murder were read against him.

The entire appearance was less than two minutes. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on May 15.

Visitors to the courthouse were met with tight security yesterday and were searched with metal detectors at the entrance.

As well, extra sheriffs sat in Courtroom 107, which has bulletproof glass separating the court from the gallery.

Haevischer’s co-accused, James Kyle Bacon, 23, and Matthew James Johnston, 24, are expected to appear at provincial court in Surrey today.

The Crown said it plans to seek a “direct indictment” to take the case directly to B.C. Supreme Court, foregoing a preliminary hearing in B.C. Provincial Court.

On Friday, a third man, Dennis Karbovanec, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and will be sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. Speculation is that he will testify against the other accused.

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