A Calgary man accu­sed of killing his 17-year-old stepdaughter needs more time to find a lawyer.

Bradley Wade Rietze made a brief court appearance on a first-degree murder charge and his case was adjourned to Friday.

Rietze, dressed in blue prison overalls, appeared via closed-circuit camera from the Calgary Remand Centre where he’s being held in custody.

Investigators said the body of Brittney McInnes was found hidden in a bed box spring in her southwest home last week a day after the Grade 12 student was reported missing. Rietze, who had been the girl’s stepfather for 13 years, was arrested last week after being released from hospital.

In light of McInnes’ death, the Calgary Domestic Violence Committee stepped out to say they believe the teen’s death highlights the severity of domestic violence in Calgary. “Over the past few months our city has experienced a number of domestic violence incidents that resulted in tragic deaths,” said Linda White, executive director of the Alliance to End Violence.

McInnes’s funeral is set for today.

 

the canadian press with files from krista sylvester/metro calgary