SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU – It started as a family dispute between two brothers-in-law.
There was yelling and name-calling, but it quickly escalated into a physical altercation.
When it was over, 59-year-old Gerald Dubord was transported to Montreal General Hospital where he is in critical condition.
The other brother-in-law, 63-year-old Claude Regnier, was charged Monday afternoon with aggravated assault.
Prosecutors objected to his immediate release on bail.
The count could be upgraded to manslaughter or murder if the victim dies of his injuries.
Family members told Global News Dubord is “being kept alive by machines.”
Witnesses say the victim was thrown off the front porch and his head struck the pavement.
“I had a difficult time sleeping,” says 14-year-old Stephany Breton, who saw the crime scene.
It’s believed Sunday night’s events may have been fueled by alcohol.
Empty beer cans were found on the front steps of the home.
Claude Regnier has a long history of alcohol-related problems.
He’s been charged at least three times with impaired driving – the most recent event dates back to 2008.
Regnier was also convicted of infanticide, causing the death of a baby, in 1987.
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