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Accused Vic killer's wife, son to testify

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

The wife and son of a Victorian man accused of murdering a grandfather who disappeared a year ago are expected to give evidence in court.

Christopher John Trotter appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with murdering Keith Foggin, who disappeared from Bacchus Marsh in September 2015.

The defence plans to cross-examine the accused's wife and son at a committal hearing in February, which will determine whether Trotter should stand trial.

Mr Foggin was last seen on September 24, 2015.

The 47-year-old had planned to drive from Bacchus Marsh, west of Melbourne, to Queensland so he could begin his next trucking job near his daughter's home in Scarborough, north of Brisbane.

But the family-minded grandfather had not contacted family members or touched his bank account since being seen at a mechanic's workshop in Bacchus Marsh, prompting a public plea to find him.

Trotter was charged with murdering Mr Foggin about nine months after he disappeared.

It's alleged Trotter murdered Mr Foggin on the day he disappeared.

Trotter, who has been remanded since his arrest in June, will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

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