Patricia and Karen Pitre operated the Pitre Special Care Home near Bathurst. ((CBC))

The trial of the owners of a special care home in northern New Brunswick, who are charged in connection with the death of one of their residents, is set to begin on Wednesday.

Patricia Pitre, who is in her 60s, and her daughter, Karen Pitre, who is in her 40s, of Pabineau Falls, are both facing charges of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The two women, who operated the Pitre Special Care Home near Bathurst, were charged following the death of Joseph Harvey Henry.

Henry, 75, died at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst on Nov. 3, 2010. Other patients of the privately run special care home were removed a few days after his death.

The two accused repeated their not guilty pleas in Bathurst Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday.

They will be tried together, but have different defence lawyers.

Both women sat quietly in the courtroom looking sombre during jury selection Tuesday morning.

Several of the 156 potential jurors asked Justice Réginald Léger to be excused, saying that because the trial will be held in English, they didn't think they would be able to participate.

But 12 jurors and two alternates were eventually chosen, after being interviewed by the Crown and defence for suitability.

The trial is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Crown prosecutors Melanie LeBlanc and P.J. Veniot plan to call 34 witnesses, including several from the medical community.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.


  • A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the trial judge.
    Apr 30, 2014 2:52 PM AT