A 61-year-old Australian man has appeared in a preliminary hearing of the Chiang Mai Provincial Court over the shooting death in March of an Hawaiian tourist.
William Thomas Douglas, formerly of the Western Australian suburb of Willetton, is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gary Bruce Poretsky at the Keari restaurant on March 23rd.
At the brief preliminary hearing Douglas pleaded guilty to the murder charge, as well as to a charge of carrying a weapon in public and a charge of possessing an unlicensed firearm.
The court agreed to a request by Provincial Public Prosecutor, Sonthaya Kruewate, for an expedited hearing date with the matter set for trial in August, and Douglas remanded in custody until then.
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