Final arguments begin in case of Quebec man charged in slaying of wife, stranger

Ugo Fredette, 41, is shown in this undated police handout image. THE CANADAIN PRESS/HO-Surete du Quebec

Final arguments have begun in the double murder trial of Ugo Fredette.

The Quebec man is on trial for first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-wife Véronique Barbe and Yvon Lacasse, a man he encountered at a rest stop while on the lam.

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He has admitted to causing their deaths but has denied the intent necessary for the murder charges, asking the jury to find him guilty of manslaughter.

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Preliminary hearing begins for Ugo Fredette

Fredette’s lawyer, Louis-Alexandre Martin, was the first to address jurors at a courthouse north of Montreal and reminded them if they had any reasonable doubt, they must find in the favour of the accused.

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The defence has argued that Fredette snapped on the day of the killings after fights and arguments with Barbe and alleges she came at him with a knife.

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According to the Crown, Fredette couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times before fleeing with a child who was present at the scene.

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Ugo Fredette formally charged with second-degree murder

The accused testified that he didn’t remember repeatedly stabbing his ex-wife and was left with a singular image of her, inert on the ground, with a knife in her stomach.

While on the run, he allegedly killed Lacasse, 71, before stealing the man’s car at a rest stop.

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Prosecutor Steve Baribeau will lay out the Crown’s case on Friday. The trial began sitting at the end of September.

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