Premeditated murder : no new trial for Barry Branconnier

News 14 December, 2017
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    QMI agency

    On Thursday 14 December 2017 11:04

    On Thursday 14 December 2017 11:04

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    OTTAWA – Michael Branconnier, convicted on two occasions of premeditated murder, will not be entitled to a third trial, ruled the supreme Court of Canada on Thursday morning.

    Branconnier has been charged with the murder of Jean-Guy Frigon in Saint-Édouard-de-Maskinongé, in Mauricie, November 29, 2009. He was found guilty of the crime for the first time in march 2013, then in October 2014, after which a judge of first instance had committed an error in its instructions to the jury.

    The country’s highest court has refused to hear the appeal of the man, who argued that a part of the evidence against him was inadmissible. Yvan Branconnier argues that the police obtained certain of his statements by the trick, by hiding the information.

    The day of the drama, Mr. Frigon and his son-in-law, Nicholas Bonamassa, went to work on the earth-to-wood family. This is where a person wearing a balaclava allegedly shot in the back of the victim.

    The 911 call made by the daughter of Mr. Frigon, Genevieve, was broadcast during the trial. You could hear calling for help. Several times during the communication, Genevieve Frigon has asked the police to go and check it out in Solange Alarie, the neighbor, now deceased. The woman committed suicide just before proceeding to his arrest.

    The Frigons were in conflict with Solange Alarie for several years to a matter of demarcation. They had won the case in court shortly before the crime. Ms. Alarie had managed to lead Yvan Branconnier in a project of assassination.

    It is the death of Solange Alarie that the police officers were hidden at the accused during her examination. The lower courts had held that this omission did not change the voluntary nature of the statements Branconnier.

    The latter was sentenced to a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole before 25 years of age.