• Carmen Marie Fabio

Preliminary inquiry set for Vaudreuil-Dorion double homicide


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Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt (above) and his girlfriend Coteau-du-Lac resident Mélanie Binette have been in custody for a year following their arrest after a double murder in Vaudreuil-Dorion allegedly tied to biker gang members.

A nine-day preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin May 14 to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with the first degree murder trial of Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt and Mélanie Binette of Coteau-du-Lac. Their appearance in the Valleyfield Courthouse November 27 before Judge Marie-Chantal Doucet comes almost a year to the day after the shooting deaths of 45-year-old Joseph Fluet and 38-year-old Steven Lamarsh in a wooded area on Montée Alstonvale in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

“The crown has to prove there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial,” Crown Prosecutor Claude Doire told Your Local Journal. “The accused are contesting the accusation so this is the next step before a trial can begin.” The inquiry is expected to hear from close to 20 witnesses including civilians, police, and crime scene investigators. If sufficient evidence is provided, the pair faces two charges under section 235 of the Canadian Criminal Code - first degree murder and murder using a prohibited firearm and will face a trial by jury.

Hunt, aged 39, and Binette, 29, have been in custody since the December 1, 2016 double slaying that occurred near the corner of Moffat Street. Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers responded to an early afternoon call of a man found in critical condition. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second victim was found later in the afternoon, also in critical condition. He too succumbed to his wounds in hospital. Both victims allegedly had ties to organized crime.

Police arrested Hunt and Binette two days after the deaths.

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