Femicide in Beauce: Keven Deblois accused of murder
Arrested Thursday following the discovery of the charred body of a woman, on September 25, in a burnt vehicle in Beauce, Keven Deblois has officially charged with 2nd degree murder on Friday at the St. Joseph Courthouse.
The accused showed up by videoconference wearing a gray t-shirt from the Quebec City detention center. His brother attended the court appearance.
The 24-year-old faces charges of second degree murder, contempt of a corpse, arson and robbery. Keven Deblois was the spouse of the victim, Karine Bélanger, a 36-year-old mother who lived in Quebec. The motives and circumstances of the crime have yet to be clarified.
The van in which Karine Bélanger was found had previously been stolen from Sainte-Marie, a few dozen kilometers further. She was discovered near a cornfield, on rang Saint-Pierre, in Saint-Bernard.
The accused remains detained. Deblois will be back in court on December 8 for his formal release investigation.
He cannot communicate with seven people during the detention period, including Linda Arsenault, the victim's mother, and Noël Gagnon, the victim's adoptive father.
The disclosure of the evidence is progressing smoothly, according to the prosecutor in the case, Me Annik Harbour. It should be completed Monday or Tuesday. The copy of the defense will be handed over at the beginning of next week, the time to make copies. We are quite satisfied when we think of the relatives of the victim because it has been smooth since the events, everything is moving quickly.
According to details collected by Radio -Canada, the suspect was conditionally released from a provincial institution and living in a halfway house.
With the collaboration of Louis-Simon Lapointe