Preliminary hearing in Loretta Saunders homicide case to wrap up today

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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.

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