The stepfather of a local teen has hired a well known defence attorney to represent him when he faces first degree murder charges in a Calgary court room.

Bradley Wade Rietze, 45, has engaged the services of Alain Hepner to defend him.

Rietze was charged with the first degree murder of his stepdaughter Brittney McInnes late last week and is being held in custody.

McInnes body was discovered in the family home in the 800 block of Canaveral Crescent S.W. on January 18th after her mother had reported her missing and police initiated a search of the home.

McInnes's biological father, Terry McInnes, attended court proceedings on Friday and says she was a wonderful and warm hearted soul and vows to be in court for all the proceedings.

"Just all confused and I know it's a long drawn out process and I wish it wasn't but it is and it's going to take probably at least a year before it's all done," said Terry McInnes, "I'll be at every court case, I promised somebody I would and that's what I'm going to do."

Alain Hepner says he will review the evidence over the next few days and says cases like this are difficult.

"There's no simple homicide case that I've ever had so it's very difficult, emotional for everyone involved," said Hepner, "there's no winners in a case like this."

Bradley Rietze is scheduled to be back in court on February 19th.