Linnea Veinotte's accused killer's preliminary hearing begins
Husband of victim, Matt Viennotte, addresses the court in St. George's
The husband of a New Brunswick woman who was killed in Grenada, Linnea Veinotte, testified Monday before a chief magistrate in Grenada on the first day of a preliminary inquiry which will determine whether there's enough evidence to put Akim Frank on trial for non-capital murder.
Matt Veinnotte confirmed to the CBC that he appeared briefly and that someone in court was representing his interests at the hearing.
The dog's injuries, a pair of sunglasses and a headband left at the scene led police to believe both Veinotte and her pet had been struck by a vehicle.
A six-day search ensued, ending on the Friday, after Frank turned himself into police and led investigators to Veinotte's remains in a wooded area.
The Royal Grenada Police Force says Frank's former employer also testified this morning, as did Frank's brother.
No names were confirmed or provided.
In an update to the Facebook page, "In Memory of Linnea Veinotte," Matt Veinotte said he has decided to make Grenada his permanent home, along with his two young sons, Lucas and Isaac.
They returned to St. George's last month, after spending the Christmas break back in Canada, with family and friends.
Matt Veinotte wrote that the return to Grenada was slightly delayed because Lucas fell while skating, broke his leg, and required treatment at the IWK.
"On Jan. 14 we, along with Karen [Linnea's mother], returned to Grenada," he wrote.
"The first thing we did was arrange to bring Nico home that evening from the SGU Animal Clinic.
"On Monday, Lucas and Isaac returned to school. The staff and students at Grace Lutheran School welcomed the boys back with loving arms."
Linnea Veinnotte was born and raised in New Denmark, N.B.
Her parents, Rev. Douglas and Karen Moore, reside in Fredericton.
She had a PhD in genetics from UBC and had taken a job at St. George's University.
The preliminary inquiry is scheduled to resume on Feb. 22.