A provincial court judge is expected to decide next week whether to send a couple charged in the death of Loretta Saunders to trial.
Loretta Saunders. — Telegram file photo
Judge Anne Derrick says she will render her decision Aug. 1 in Halifax.
The two accused, 26-year-old Blake Leggette and his 28-year-old girlfriend Victoria Henneberry, are charged with first-degree murder in Saunders’ death.
The 26-year-old Labrador woman disappeared from her Halifax apartment in February.
Her remains were found two weeks later in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.
A preliminary hearing in the case that has heard from nine police and civilian witnesses is expected to wrap up Friday.
A publication ban has been ordered on evidence presented during the hearing.
Crown prosecutor Christine Driscoll said outside court earlier this week that if a trial is ordered, it’s unlikely it would take place this year.