September 6, 2017 1:28 pm
Updated: September 6, 2017 1:29 pm

Witnesses to testify at trial of Montreal man charged in death of store clerk

WATCH ABOVE: Police investigate after a 20-year-old woman was stabbed in Maxi in Montreal's east end.

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The first witnesses at the murder trial of a man charged with killing a clerk in a Montreal supermarket will testify Friday.

Randy Tshilumba, 21, faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Clemence Beaulieu-Patry, 20, in April 2016.

READ MORE: Female employee dies after stabbing at Maxi grocery store

Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo spoke to the jury of seven men and five women today about how the five-week trial will work.

She told them to stick to the evidence presented in court and to avoid using social media or conducting their own research.

Clémence Beaulieu-Patry, as seen in a Facebook picture.

Clémence Beaulieu-Patry/Facebook

Crown prosecutor Catherine Perreault was not in court Wednesday because of a bad back but is expected to be present Friday.

Beaulieu-Patry was working in the east-end Maxi supermarket at the time of the alleged attack, which took place with dozens of customers and employees on the premises.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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