FORT ST. JOHN -- A Fort St. John man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Amanda Black made a brief appearance in Fort St. John Provincial Court on Monday.

Shane Sutherland will return to court on Thursday to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

During the hearing, a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

Sutherland is charged with second degree murder in connection with Black's death.

On February 8th, Fort St. John RCMP were called to the Village St. John neighbourhood, where they found the body of the 22 year old. Sutherland was arrested the same night.

Sutherland remains in police custody. He is scheduled to appear next in court on November 18th.