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Two charged in double homicide in Vaudreuil-Dorion

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO

The two important witnesses who were sought in the December 1 double slaying that occurred on Montée Alstonvale in Vaudreuil-Dorion have been arrested and appeared before Judge Serge Boisvert in the Valleyfield Courthouse today, each charged with two counts of first degree murder and murder using a prohibited firearm.

Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt, 38, and 28-year-old Mélanie Binette of Coteau-du-Lac are accused in the shooting deaths of 45-year-old Joseph Fluet and 38-year-old Steven Lamarsh. The maximum sentence for first degree murder is life in prison. Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers made the arrests the evening of December 3 in Vaudreuil-Dorion and in St. Lazare.

Police responded to a call of a man in critical condition last Thursday just before 1 p.m. found in a wooded area just below the corner of Moffat Street. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A second man was found later in the afternoon, also critically injured from gunshot wounds. He too was pronounced dead in hospital. People on Alstonvale reported hearing three shots around the lunch hour.

Though various media reports said Fluet had criminal ties to the Rock Machine motorcycle gang, police will not verify this, other than to say he was “part of a biker gang.”

Montée Alstonvale resident John Van Every, who’s lived there for 42 years, said the wooded area that extends east by almost two kilometres sees significant foot and vehicle traffic.

“I noticed a car in the woods when I got home that day but it didn’t strike me as anything unusual,” said Van Every. “But when the police and canine units arrived, they went over right away, photographing the car and letting the dogs inside.” The car, described only as a small, dark vehicle, was towed away later that evening.

Hunt and Binette are remanded in custody until their next court date.

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