Man accused of killing Nanaimo teen to remain in Thunder Bay jail for now

A man accused of killing a Nanaimo teenager three years ago will remain in custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail until the court orders him back to B.C.

Steven Michael Bacon, 60, is charged with the first-degree murder of Makayla Chang on March 17, 2017, in Nanaimo. The 16-year-old disappeared in March. Her body was found two months later.

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In September 2019, Bacon was arrested in Fredericton, N.B., after Nanaimo RCMP made a Canada-wide appeal for help locating him as a person of interest in the case. Bacon has been in custody in Thunder Bay ever since. Nanaimo RCMP have not said what charges he faces in Ontario.

On Friday, Bacon appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo by video from Thunder Bay. He did not enter a plea.

“The only purpose for this appearance is to ensure he is under the jurisdiction of British Columbia and keep him in custody where he is in Thunder Bay,” said prosecutor Nicholas Barber.

Justice David Crossin adjourned the case and ordered that Bacon make his first appearance in Nanaimo provincial court on Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. by video. Crossin also ordered that Bacon be confined to Thunder Bay District Jail and appear by video for the initial proceedings unless the presiding judge directs otherwise.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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