Murder trial underway in Montreal for man charged in death of Maxi employee

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WATCH ABOVE: The first witnesses at the murder trial of a man charged with killing 20-year-old Clemence Beaulieu-Patry while she worked at a Montreal Maxi supermarket are testifying. Global's Matt Grillo reports – Sep 8, 2017

The first-degree murder trial is underway in Montreal for a man charged in the slaying of a Maxi clerk in April 2016.

Randy Tshilumba, 21, is accused in the slaying of Clemence Beaulieu-Patry.

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A jury of seven men and five women began hearing evidence Friday at the Quebec Superior Court trial presided by Justice Helene Di Salvo.

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Beaulieu-Patry, 20, 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.

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Crown prosecutor Catherine Perreault told the jury the accused stabbed Beaulieu-Patry 14 times with a hunting knife he’d brought inside the store.

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Perreault said Tshilumba had been rebuffed a week earlier as he tried to get the victim’s phone number in order to ask her out.

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