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Patrick Chareka taught statistics at St. FX, but he's no longer listed on the university's website. ((CBC))

 

A former St. Francis Xavier University instructor charged with murdering his wife has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and wants to go directly to trial.

Ottilia Chareka was found in the couple's home last March after the Mounties responded to a 911 call about a disturbance. She died later in hospital.

Patrick Chareka has been charged with first degree murder.

During a brief court appearance in Antigonish this Friday morning, lawyers agreed the case should now move to the Supreme Court for the next hearing on Nov. 6.

Ottilia Chareka worked as an assistant professor at the university and specialized in multicultural education, human rights and citizenship education.