Linnea Veinotte's accused killer back in court in Grenada
Police charge that Akim Frank intentionally struck Canadian mom with a car
Akim Frank was back in court in Grenada on Wednesday, accused in the disappearance and death of 36-year-old Linnea Veinotte, born in New Brunswick and more recently a resident of Nova Scotia.
Frank, 26, has been charged with non-capital murder under Grenadian law, similar to a first-degree murder charge in Canada.
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An accused person cannot be held more than 21 days without such an appearance.
Frank has not been required to enter a plea yet, and no further details about the charges were given in court.
Enough evidence for murder charge
Assistant Supt. Sylvan MacIntyre of the Royal Grenada Police Force did confirm the prosecution will go ahead with the serious murder charge against Frank.
The police have stated they believe Veinotte was killed after she was struck by a car, and MacIntyre isn't calling it an accident.
"Once we do have sufficient reason to believe that the death of another was intentional, then obviously the most serious charge has to be undertaken," he said.
Veinotte disappeared while walking her dog near her home in St. George's on Dec. 6.
For five days, police, family and friends searched for the missing mother of two young sons.
It was believed she had been struck by a vehicle, and a pair of sunglasses and a headband were found at the scene that were later identified as belonging to her.
Her dog, Nico, had been struck and was found badly injured.
Accused led police to body
Four days into the search, Frank turned himself in to police and later led them to her body in a wooded area.
MacIntyre could not say if Veinotte had still been alive after she was struck by the car.
"We have had an autopsy done, the cause was blunt force trauma, to the chest and lower extremities of the body," he said.
"There was nothing that gave us any indicator as to whether she was alive at the time she was placed in the bushes where she was found, so we do not, and I repeat, we do not say that she was alive."
Akim will be back in court on Jan. 19 for another mention.
A preliminary hearing will begin Feb. 1, when evidence and witnesses must be presented in the court.
Unlike Canadian legal proceedings, in Grenada some reporting is allowed from preliminary hearings, so more details of the prosecution case against Frank should become public at that point.