MONTREAL — A 22-year-old former military reservist who served in Afghanistan is facing charges of first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of his father and stepmother.
Guillaume Gélinas briefly made an appearance in a Joliette courthouse on Monday afternoon, and is expected to return in three weeks.
Gélinas was arrested in Gatineau and is accused of stabbing his father and stepmother in the family home.
The bodies of 35-year-old Julie Lemieux and her partner 54-year-old Luc Gélinas were discovered in a house in the off-island suburb of Terrebonne on Thursday, the same day that Gélinas would have celebrated his 54th birthday.
The couple worked in management positions with the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).
The SAQ released a statement that said employees were in a state of shock after hearing about the deaths.
“Luc Gelinas and Julie Lemieux, two longtime employees, were recognized for their enthusiasm, commitment and kindness,” the statement said.
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Gélinas was in the Canadian Armed Forces reserves and apparently served a tour in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011.
On July 20, 2011, Luc Gélinas posted a note on his Facebook page to say that his son had returned after spending more than eight months in Afghanistan.
“We are proud of him and very happy that he’s here with us again.”
A photo of the couple with Guillaume was uploaded to Facebook on the same day.