Nick Fontanelli, charged in the death of his fiancée Samantha Higgins, is appearing in court Monday for his preliminary hearing.
The 24-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a body.
WATCH: Nick Fontanelli, charged in the death of his fiancée Samantha Higgins, appeared in court Monday for his preliminary hearing. Global’s Tim Sargeant reports.
Nick Fontanelli in court for preliminary hearing – Feb 20, 2017
Nick Fontanelli in court for preliminary hearing
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A publication ban has been put in place on all testimony, including that of Higgins’ mother, who testified Monday morning.
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The young, 22-year-old mother of two was last seen walking home from a friend’s house in LaSalle on July 7, 2015.
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Her dismembered body was found three days later in a bag under a bridge in Hinchinbrooke, roughly 75 kilometres south-west of Montreal.
The preliminary hearing is expected to last until Feb. 28.
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