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For a split second, the eyes of the father met with the eyes of the man accused of murdering his daughter, then carrying around her severed head.

Yesterday in court, Fred Zumach, father of 21-year-old Jennifer, stared intensely at James Randall, who lived with the woman and is charged with her murder.

Mr. Randall appeared calm, but his eyes kept darting away from the intense stare of the father.

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Two armed officers glanced between the two men. At one point, the father signalled the officer to move so he had a clear view of his daughter's accused killer.

"It had to be done," said Mr. Zumach, holding back tears outside court. "I have to deal with it."

On Sept. 6, police in Orangeville pulled over Mr. Randall, 31, on his motorcycle. An officer discovered Ms. Zumach's head in a box strapped to the motorcycle. A week later, police found the young woman's remains in a shallow grave in the woods in Mulmur Township, 35 kilometres north of Orangeville.

Ms. Zumach, 21, had gone missing in January, 1999.

Yesterday in court, the judge ruled that a preliminary trial date could not be set until the Crown and defence lawyers deal with a conflict-of-interest issue, regarding who should be Mr. Randall's lawyer. He will be back in court Dec. 1.

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