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Phillip Boudreau's murder trial jury selection begins

Jury selection will continue Wednesday in the trial of the first of four people charged in the death of Cape Breton fisherman Phillip Boudreau last year.

James Joseph Landry charged with second-degree murder in 2013 case

Philip Boudreau disappeared in June 2013 and is presumed dead. Four people have been charged in connection with the case. (CBC)

Jury selection will continue Wednesday in the trial of the first of four people charged in the death of Cape Breton fisherman Phillip Boudreau last year.

James Joseph Landry, 66, is charged with second-degree murder in a case that shook the small fishing village of Petit-de-Grat, on Isle Madame.

Jury selection in his trial began Monday. Evidence won't likely be called until Thursday.

Boudreau is missing and presumed dead. He disappeared on June 1, 2013.

He was last seen on his boat in the harbour of Petit-de-Grat. An hour later, the five-metre fibreglass boat was found floating overturned and empty. The motor was missing.

At the time, police said it appeared that Boudreau had been in an altercation with a larger boat.

Boudreau's body was never found, despite an extensive search in the water and along the shore.

All four people who were subsequently charged in the case are connected to the Twin Maggies, another fishing boat from the area.

Landry, of Little Anse, and 44-year-old Dwayne Matthew Samson, from D'Escousse, are charged with second-degree murder. They were both crew members on the Twin Maggies.

Samson's wife, Carla Ann Samson, the owner of the vessel, and crew member Craig Claude Landry of Petit-de-Grat are both charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Fourteen days have been set aside for James Joseph Landry's trial in Port Hawkesbury Supreme Court.

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