Quebec man charged with first-degree murder in slaying of ex-girlfriend

Quebec man charged with first-degree murder in slaying of ex-girlfriend

ST-HYACINTHE, Que. — A Quebec man has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend.

Anthony Pratte-Lops was charged today in the death of 18-year-old Daphne Huard-Boudreault at the courthouse in St-Hyacinthe and will remain behind bars until his case returns to court April 19.

Huard-Boudreault died in hospital on Wednesday after being found badly beaten in a home the couple had shared in Mont-St-Hilaire, southeast of Montreal.

Her work colleagues at a convenience store in nearby Otterburn Park have told various media the young woman feared her ex-boyfriend and they alleged local police weren’t much help to her.

Two separate investigations are underway in the case, including one examining the actions taken by a municipal police force.

A spokesman for Quebec’s bureau for independent investigations into police operations says there was an interaction between Huard-Boudreault and police earlier Wednesday.

Five investigators will examine the work of officers with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent intermunicipal police force and the events leading to the slaying.

Provincial police are conducting the homicide investigation.

The Canadian Press

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