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Quebec man charged with killing 3 women in Shawinigan

Sylvain Duquette was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one charge of attempted murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful confinement and an arson-related offence.n Friday, April 7, 2017. Staff/Global News

A 51-year-old Quebec man has been charged with killing three women in a town northeast of Montreal, at least two of whom were family members.

Sylvain Duquette was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one charge of attempted murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful confinement and an arson-related offence.

The Crown says the attempted murder and confinement charges relate to the accused’s 80-year-old father.

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One of the women, Denise Halle, was the suspect’s sister-in-law, while the second, Jocelyne Pellerin, was his father’s wife.

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While the identity of the third woman killed has not yet been released, police say the suspect knew all three of them.

Duquette appeared briefly in court Thursday after being arrested earlier in the day.

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