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UPDATE Our reporter on site says the atmosphere is somber at the Pictou Court House where the inquiry is underway. Amber Kirwan's parents are in the audience and about a dozen spectators. Falconer hasn't spoken or addressed the court.
The preliminary inquiry for Christopher Falconer has begun today in Pictou.
Falconer, 30, is charged with murdering 19-year-old Amber Kirwan.
The preliminary inquiry is used by the judge to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant bringing the case to a trial. A publication ban prevents any evidence from the case from being published in the media.
Falconer has pled not guilty to the charges.