Caroline Paquet has worked at the Laboratory of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine in Montreal since 2005 and became coordinator of unsolved biology cases since 2021.
Based on a report produced in 2022, the forensic biologist explained that new analyzes had been made. On the other hand, the quantity of DNA was too low to use the new technologies now available. She mentioned that these results did not invalidate the old ones which had established a male genetic profile.
At the end of the morning, Marc-André Grenon's lawyers asked the judge to grant them a weekend of reflection to determine whether or not they will present a defense. They should announce their decision when the hearings resume Monday morning at the Chicoutimi courthouse.
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Judge François Huot told the jury that there were two possible options: either there will be a defense, or no additional witnesses will be heard.
The trial of Marc-André Grenon began on January 15. Since then, Crown prosecutors have called 11 witnesses: Guylaine Potvin's friends who discovered her body, an ambulance driver, a crime scene technician, a forensic pathologist, the victim's roommates, police officers from the Sûreté du Quebec and specialists in forensic biology.
The murder of Guylaine Potvin was committed on the night of April 27 to 28, 2000.
Male DNA was found on objects left at the crime scene, as well as on the victim's body. However, to determine who the DNA comes from, one must be able to compare it, which has proven impossible in this case for more than two decades.
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One glass and two straws used by Marc-André Grenon were recovered from the trash can of a cinema.
It was only 22 years after the murder that the alleged murderer was arrested in Granby.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In order to relaunch the investigation, Guylaine Potvin's file was added to the PatronYme project. As part of this project, the Montreal Laboratory of Judicial Science and Legal Medicine created the pYste database. The latter contains thousands of public genetic profiles from online genealogy sites.
Male DNA contains a Y chromosome. This is transmitted from father to son, so that the Y profile of men from the same paternal line is the same. Traditionally, the father's family name is also passed down from one generation to the next.
The unknown DNA in Guylaine Potvin's file was therefore compared to the data contained in pYste. The Grenon surname has been targeted as a surname of priority interest. This is what allowed Sûreté du Québec investigators to relaunch the investigation and find Marc-André Grenon, whose name had appeared in police files a long time ago.
In August 2022, investigators obtained the right to follow Mr. Grenon and they seized, without his knowledge, a cup and straws that he had used in a cinema in Granby. By comparing his DNA and that found in Guylaine Potvin's room, there was a match.
The police thus obtained a warrant and they arrested Marc-André Grenon at his workplace on October 12, 2022.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116