The Montrealer who killed his father before throwing the corpse in a woodland acted following an “emotional explosion”, his lawyer pleaded Thursday by rejecting the thesis of premeditated murder supported by the Crown.
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“A son who stabs his father between 30 and 40 … from the number of blows, we can infer that he is no longer in control”, pleaded the defense lawyer, Mr.e Martin Latour, at the trial of Jérémie Fortier-Grenier, at the Montreal courthouse.
Fortier-Grenier, 26, is accused of murdering his father, Richard Grenier, in May 2018, as well as contempt of his body.
The two men had a difficult relationship at the time, but the father had agreed to go see his son who had just asked him for help with his old job.
What he did not know is that Fortier-Grenier would have previously searched the internet “how to cut someone’s throat” and “bury someone”.
“The victim mistakenly believed to be in contact with her son and to be of service to him when the latter had instead planned his death”, previously explained the Crown prosecutor, Mr.e Claudine Charest.
As in fact, when Mr. Grenier met his son in a parking lot in an industrial district of the Saint-Laurent borough, the latter stabbed him to death, before throwing the body in an adjacent wooded area.
If the defense admits that Fortier-Grenier did indeed kill his father, it nevertheless considers that it is not a first degree murder, but rather a second degree. [non prémédité], or even manslaughter.
The lawyer also returned to a series of lies from the accused, who had invented a double life with a spouse.
He claimed to be a supervisor for Bombardier, to have inherited a boat, a cabin and a car … while he was living in his car.
“It is not because he invented a life that he is a murderer,” pleaded the criminal lawyer.
The Crown, for its part, maintained that it was a premeditated murder, explaining that a “bad plan is still a plan”.
The pleadings completed, it will be the turn of Judge Claude Champagne to give, Monday, his instructions to the jury, which will then begin its deliberations.