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Man charged in Quebec election shooting reaches payment deal with lawyer

Police and firefighters work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally on September 5, 2012, in Montreal. .
Police and firefighters work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally on September 5, 2012, in Montreal. . Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — The man charged in Quebec’s 2012 election-night shooting has reached a payment deal with his lawyer.

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Alan Guttman said Richard Henry Bain will pay him $40,000 immediately and another $1,000 a month for the next 27 months.

Quebec stagehand Denis Blanchette was shot at an election-night victory party for the Parti Quebecois on September 4, 2012.
Quebec stagehand Denis Blanchette was shot at an election-night victory party for the Parti Quebecois on September 4, 2012.

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Bain’s first-degree murder trial is expected to last between six and eight weeks, beginning in September.

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He is charged in the slaying of lighting technician Denis Blanchette outside a Montreal nightclub on Sept. 4, 2012, as then-Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois was toasting her party’s election win.

Quebec premier Pauline Marois is interrupted by her security detail during her 2012 election win speech.
Quebec premier Pauline Marois is interrupted by her security detail during her 2012 election win speech. Global News

Bain also faces two counts of attempted murder and several weapons-related charges.

At least one property belonging to Bain was sold recently and Guttman said Wednesday he is confident the money issue will be resolved.

“The public has nothing to worry about,” Guttman said at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday.

“Mr. Bain, I think he is an honourable man.”

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“He doesn’t want the taxpayers to pay one cent for him.

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“He gave his word to his brother that he would pay him and he’s paying him every month and he’ll do the same thing for his legal fees.”