Jury selection begins in trial of man charged in death of police officer
Christopher Calvin Garnier arrives at Nova Supreme Court for the start of his trial in Halifax on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 7:11AM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 20, 2017 1:43PM EST
HALIFAX -- Hundreds of people packed a Halifax courthouse Monday as jury selection in the trial of a Nova Scotia man accused of killing an off-duty police officer got underway.
Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged in the death of Truro police Const. Catherine Campbell, 36.
"The offences alleged are second-degree murder and improperly interfering with human remains. The deceased was an off-duty police officer," Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold told two packed courtrooms of potential jurors.
Campbell's remains were found near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge in September 2015.
Dressed in a black suit, Garnier sat quietly at a bench with defence lawyer Joel Pink during the jury selection process Monday.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Prospective jurors will be questioned and selected until a panel is picked.
Crown attorneys Christine Driscoll and Carla Ball are prosecuting the case.
Twenty-three days have been set aside for the trial.