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Canada Fredette's lawyer urges jury to opt for manslaughter in double murder case

07:30  27 september  2019
07:30  27 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A Quebec man accused of the murder of two people, including his ex-wife, snapped the day of the killings but didn’t intend to kill anyone, his lawyer told a jury Ugo Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of Veronique Barbe and Yvon Lacasse. Louis-Alexandre Martin delivered his

The lawyer said Fredette blocked her, and only has flashes of memory after that. Fredette recalled a stab wound on the woman' s arm, and then he The Crown' s case against Fredette was that he couldn't accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times in front

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SAINT-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man accused of the murder of two people, including his ex-wife, snapped the day of the killings but didn't intend to kill anyone, his lawyer told a jury on Thursday.

Ugo Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of Veronique Barbe and Yvon Lacasse.

Louis-Alexandre Martin delivered his opening statement to jurors in the case of Fredette, asking them not to absolve him but to set aside the murder charges and find him guilty of manslaughter.

Martin said to find one guilty of murder, the Crown must demonstrate intent, adding that Fredette, 43, blacked out during much of the crimes he is accused of committing.

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Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the premeditated slayings of Veronique Barbe and Yvon Lacasse. Martin says to find one guilty of murder , the Crown The Crown’ s case against Fredette was that he couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times in front

READ MORE: First witness at Ugo Fredette ’ s double murder trial describes screams, struggle. Martin said the defence will focus on a man who was None of the details presented by Fredette ’ s lawyer have been proven in court, and his account does not constitute evidence. The Crown’s case against

"Without intention, (premeditated) murder cannot be the verdict," he told jurors.

Martin said the defence will focus on a man who was abused psychologically — and at times physically — who reached "his breaking point" but didn't intend to kill anyone, Martin said.

He painted a portrait of a man in love with his wife, whom he'd first met in elementary school. But for her, that relationship was less clear, Martin said, describing her as someone who screamed at Fredette and spoke ill of him in public and online.

On the day of the slayings, the couple had a violent altercation, and Barbe allegedly made a threat that put Fredette in a state of panic and "triggered something in his head," Martin said. A court order prevents the nature of the threat from being revealed.

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Closing arguments began Thursday in the trial of Ugo Fredette , accused of two premeditated He painted Fredette as a man who was pushed to his breaking point by his volatile relationship with Barbe. Ugo Fredette ' s lawyer urges jury to opt for manslaughter in double murder case .

READ MORE: Ugo Fredette ’ s lawyer urges jury to opt for manslaughter in double murder trial . Fredette testified that he didn’t remember repeatedly stabbing his ex-wife and was left with a single image of her, inert on the ground, with a knife in her stomach.

"He snapped," Martin told the jurors, alleging that Barbe, 41, tried to push Fredette down the stairs and went for a knife. The lawyer said Fredette blocked her, and only has flashes of memory after that.

Fredette recalled a stab wound on the woman's arm, and then he blacked out before remembering Barbe, on the ground, a knife planted in her.

A child was present at the scene and, fearful of the blood, Fredette left in a state of panic with the youngster.

According to his lawyer's account, they travelled by car through a number of cities in Quebec before stopping at a rest area in La Tuque, where Fredette went to the bathroom and returned to find the child missing.

Panicked, he saw an elderly man pulling the boy's hands towards him in his car — Lacasse. They got into a fight, and the elderly man fell and struck his head. Fredette thought he was dead. The actions suggest the accused wasn't in a normal state, his lawyer said.

Later, he noticed the child had blood on his hands, and he realized that was probably why Lacasse had been inspecting the youngster's hands.

None of the details presented by Fredette's lawyer have been proven in court, and his account does not constitute evidence.

The Crown's case against Fredette was that he couldn't accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times in front of the child before fleeing. While on the lam, he allegedly murdered Lacasse, 71, before stealing his car at a rest stop.

Fredette was arrested Sept. 15, 2017, in Ontario. He was reportedly spotted by citizens across Quebec during his alleged run from authorities.

Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press

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