A Kamloops man accused of murdering a woman in a North Shore apartment building last month will remain behind bars for at least the next two months.

Christopher Frank Butler was charged with second-degree murder after Deanne Wheeler was killed in a Cherry Avenue apartment on Dec. 30.

Butler, 41, made a brief court appearance by video from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre (KRCC) on Monday, Jan. 12, at which time lawyers put his matter over to March.

Butler has a brief criminal history, most recently a conviction for assault in September.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 days in jail and 18 months of probation, meaning he was on probation at the time he is alleged to have killed Wheeler.

In 2012, Butler pleaded guilty to assault and breach, which earned him a 33-day stay in jail.

Police were called to the apartment complex at 435 Cherry Ave. just after 2 p.m. on Dec. 30.

Butler was arrested a short time later and has been in custody at KRCC since.

Butler is due back in Kamloops provincial court on March 9.

— Kamloops This Week