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Vaudreuil-Dorion double murder trial will proceed


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

The preliminary hearing into the double murder charges against Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt and Mélanie Binette of Coteau-du-Lac wrapped up May 18, three days early, with Judge Anne-Marie Jacques determining there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial by jury.

“It’s not unusual,” said Crown Prosecutor Claude Doire at the Valleyfield Courthouse of the expedited decision. “The judge determined enough testimony was presented and we also had excellent cooperation with the defense lawyers.”

Approximately 10 witnesses gave testimony over the course of five days, short of the 20 who were expected to appear, including civilians and law enforcement officers. A publication ban prevents details of the testimony being made public.

Hunt and Binette stand accused of murder in the shooting deaths of 45-year-old Joseph Fluet and 38-year-old Steven Lamarsh on December 1, 2016 in a wooded area of Vaudreuil-Dorion on Montée Alstonvale.

If convicted, the maximum term for each of the co-accused would be 50 years in prison.

The next court date is set for September, 2018.

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