No DNA to connect him to the crime, argues the defense


No DNA trace or fingerprint of a man accused of the murder of his ex-wife were found on the car where the body of the latter was found, pleaded the defense on the last day of the trial.

This was hammered by Louis Pelletier’s lawyer during his closing arguments last Friday before the 12 jurors were sequestered to deliberate on Wednesday at the Saint-Hyacinthe courthouse.

The 53-year-old is accused of murdering his ex-partner Julie Morrisson in June 2013 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

He is also accused of insulting the corpse of the 39-year-old real estate broker, whose skeleton was discovered in his burned car in Montérégie.

But all the evidence presented by the prosecution would be based on hearsay, repeated Pelletier’s lawyer, Martin Latour.

Moreover, pieces of the vehicle would have been the subject of no analysis, he pleaded. The sunroof appeared to have been removed and deposited in a field bordering the scene of the crime, since it showed no evidence of impact.

“It would have been such a good idea to do a complete roof analysis for fingerprints or DNA […],” said Latour ironically.

“Once you have the chance to have objective, tangible evidence, you do not have it,” added the lawyer.

Unknown cause

The way Louis Pelletier killed his ex-spouse remains unknown, he said, recalling the testimony of a pathologist who came to say that she did not know the cause of death.

“You can not use the fact that Louis Pelletier, it may be a bad person and that it is perhaps its kind, it is not proof, that”, mentioned Mr. Latour in his conclusion.

During her final argument last Thursday, Crown Attorney Claudie Gilbert told the jury that Louis Pelletier announced the death of the victim to two relatives a few hours after the body was found charred in his body. car. At that moment, the police had not even identified the skeleton.

The jury deliberated Wednesday for the third day. The trial is chaired by Superior Court Judge Myriam Lachance.

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