Almost 12 years after it happened, the murder of a Calgary mother has finally made it to trial.
The body of 37-year-old Corinne Belanger was found in her northeast home in April 2001. She had been shot in the chest three times.
Barry David Brown was arrested during a traffic stop in 2010, and charged with second-degree murder. The charge was later upgraded to first-degree murder.
Lily Belanger, the victim's mother, is glad to finally see the case go to trial.
"Somedays I thought we would wait forever and nothing would ever happen," she said.
"It means a lot because it's like she wasn't forgotten.... And maybe whoever did it will pay for it."
During the opening statements, Crown attorney Carla McPhail described Brown as a close friend of Belanger's estranged common-law husband.
The couple had a son, and Belanger was seeking sole custody of the boy.
McPhail says evidence was left behind that proves Brown shot Belanger three times while she was getting ready for bed.