Doors shut to public at murder trial of man accused of killing off-duty cop

By The Canadian Press
September 7, 2017 - 11:45am

HALIFAX — A pre-trial hearing for a Halifax man accused of murdering an off-duty police officer will be held behind closed doors.

Justice Josh Arnold agreed Thursday to the Crown's unusual request to close the courtroom in the case of twenty-nine-year-old Christopher Calvin Garnier.

Garnier is charged with second-degree murder and interfering with human remains in the death of Truro, N.S., police officer Catherine Campbell.

The proceedings this week in Nova Scotia Supreme Court were already under a publication ban.

Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, said the Criminal Code allows the courts to hold in-camera hearings "in certain circumstances."

"The defence has brought applications to be dealt with in a voir dire. And the court deemed it appropriate for the voir dire to be held in camera," she said.

Garnier's trial is set to begin in November.

Campbell's remains were found in September 2015 near Halifax's Macdonald bridge.

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