The man who allegedly killed his partner in Saint-Donat in 2021 did not condone the victim’s infidelity and alcohol problems in the weeks before the murder, the Crown said at the opening of his jury trial.
Alexandre Boudreau Chartrand, 38, is currently on trial for the second-degree murder of Andréanne Ouellet, 32, mother of their five children.
“The couple has been experiencing difficulties for several months. (…) Andréanne Ouellet had to take steps to solve some personal problems, including drinking too much alcohol,” explained Me Caroline Buist in her opening statement Monday afternoon at the Joliette courthouse.
The accused was angry because of his spouse’s inability to maintain modesty, but also about his infidelities, according to the Crown’s theory.
On the weekend of September 25, 2021, the couple was alone at the family residence and had to go to an important meeting on Monday afternoon.
“Mr. Boudreau will come alone in this meeting. Where is MME Ouellet? Why didn’t he show up as agreed? “, asked M.e Buist.
A lot of trauma
According to the Crown, the victim died of multiple head injuries caused by one or more blunt objects at his residence in Saint-Donat on Monday, September 27, 2021.
“Crime scene technicians will come and show you photos that will give you clues about what may have happened in the residence and thus explain what was found at the scene,” the prosecutor said. of the Crown the jury.
The defendant also called 911, the contents of which were not disclosed during the prosecution’s opening statement.
“Is the account given by the defendant during his 911 call consistent with what was observed by civilian witnesses and experts at the scene? It’s up to you to evaluate it,” said M.e Buist the jury selected Monday morning.
In total, 16 witnesses will be heard by the Crown, including first responders, crime scene experts and people from the couple’s entourage.
Alexandre Boudreau Chartrand is represented by Mes Elise Pinsonnault and Catherine Ranalli.
The trial presided over by Judge Eric Downs, scheduled for several weeks, will continue on Tuesday.