‎ TORONTO (AFP) - An accused Canadian serial killer will stand trial on January 6, ‎‎2020 for the premeditated murders of 8 men with ties to Toronto’s gay village, a judge ordered ‎Friday.‎

‎ Bruce McArthur, a sixty seven-year-antique self-employed landscaper, became charged in advance this year after coming ‎below suspicion in a probe into missing individuals.‎

‎ body parts of 7 of the victims have been located hidden internal massive planters that McArthur stored at a ‎customer’s home in midtown Toronto.‎

‎ The remains of an eighth victim have been later located in a ravine behind the belongings.‎

‎ Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga, the lead investigator, said the forensic probe into the killings was ‎Toronto’s biggest ever.‎

‎ Excavations or searches had been done at more than 75 houses inside the Toronto area where ‎McArthur had done landscaping work.‎

‎ Police additionally looked at 15 bloodless cases courting lower back to 1975 for possible links to the accused, earlier than Idsinga ‎concluded it was not likely extra sufferers might be exposed.‎

‎ The sufferers within the case were McArthur’s former lover, Afghan immigrants, two refugees from Sri ‎Lanka and another from Iran, a Turkish national, and a homeless intercourse worker.‎

‎ All went lacking from 2010 to 2017.‎