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Man faces murder charge in death 80-year-old woman east of Montreal

He is expected to be formally charged later Tuesday in Sherbrooke, Que. Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press

A 38-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in the killing of an 80-year-old woman last week in a town east of Montreal.

Jeannine Perron-Ruel was found outside her home last Thursday morning in Coaticook, Que., about 165 kilometres east of Montreal.

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Yanick Dostie-Pouliot was charged with second-degree murder in her killing, and a clerk at the courthouse in Sherbrooke, Que., said a plea of not guilty was entered.

The accused, also from Coaticook, was arrested late Monday by Quebec provincial police. He will remain detained and is due back in court in mid-January, according to the court.

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A police spokeswoman said the victim and suspect knew each other but declined to elaborate further. There have been several reports they were neighbours, but police have not commented on a possible motive behind the killing.

Police say Perron-Ruel was found badly injured and was taken to hospital, where her death was pronounced.

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