Harpin and Bélanger awaiting trial for murder
Accused of the second degree murder of Heliodorus Dulac in Milan in June 2018, Ian Belanger and Kassandra Harpin will know the date of their trials in the coming weeks.
HÉliodore Dulac was found dead at his residence Road Yard in Milan June 3, 2018.
The files of the two accused came before Judge Charles Ouellet of the Superior Court on Wednesday at the Sherbrooke courthouse.
It was by videoconference that Kassandra Harpin appeared from prison Leclerc where she is detained.
Between four and six months
For the moment, the prosecution assesses the length of the trial between four and six weeks.
The date of his jury trial will be fixed on September 24th.
Standing in a prison cell, Kassandra Harpin attended the short hearing of her case. She will not be moved to Sherbrooke when her trial will be decided by the court.
If Ian Bélanger was in court, his new lawyer, Marie-Hélène Giroux, represented him at a distance by telephone.
She requested that the file be postponed to the next term of the Criminal Assizes on January 9, 2020.
Bélanger waived the deadlines between September 2019 and January 2020.
The two defendants did not challenge their summons for trial during the April preliminary inquiry.
The two defendants have been detained since September 7, 2018, the day they were arrested in Lambton.
Judge Martin Bureau of the Superior Court dismissed Kassandra Harpin’s motion for provisional release in October 2018.
A publication ban was requested in the file which prevents the disclosure of the evidence.
Caroline Monette and Véronique Robert defend Kassandra Harpin, while Marie-Hélène Giroux represents Ian Bélanger.
These are Me Isabelle Dorion and Claude Robitaille who represent the public prosecutor in this case.