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Cara Ellis was a pretty, rambunctious child, who did well in school and was fiercely independent, her mother Judy Trimble, 61, said yesterday.
Ellis is among the 26 women that Robert Pickton is accused of killing.
He is on trial for six of those alleged murders and will face a trial for the remaining 20, including Ellis, at a later date.
"We came out to hear the verdict," said Trimble, who had spoken with her daughter only once, over the phone, after Ellis moved to Calgary with her father in 1985.
"At my age, I might not be around to attend another trial," she said. "I want to go to my grave knowing that he has been convicted of one or all of them."
Trimble, who said waiting for the jury’s decision is difficult and nerve-wracking, is adamant about the need for a second trial.
"I think that anybody who dies by a criminal act deserves their day in court."