University prof's murder trial to go next year
Patrick Chareka charged in the death of his wife, Ottilia Chareka
A former St. Francis Xavier University instructor accused of killing his wife in Antigonish will stand trial next year.
Patrick Chareka is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Ottilia Chareka, who worked at St. Francis Xavier University as an assistant professor.
Ottilia Chareka, 42, was found in the couple's home in March 2011 after the Mounties responded to a 911 call about a disturbance. She died later in hospital.
RCMP said autopsy results showed Chareka died from blunt force trauma.
Patrick Chareka waived his right to a preliminary inquiry in September and will be tried by judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in September 2013.
Three weeks have been set aside for the trial, scheduled to take place between Sept. 23, 2013 and Oct. 11, 2013.
The Crown said Tuesday it was still waiting for a psychiatric report on Chareka, which is expected to be completed by January. Depending on the findings of that report, there may be an application for a trial by judge alone.
The status update is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Antigonish.
Chareka will remain behind bars until his trial.
Ottilia Chareka — whose educational specialty was multicultural education, human rights and citizenship education — was widely known and respected in the community. She was originally from Zimbabwe and left behind five children.