Nova Scotia

Professor's murder case adjourned until August

A former St. Francis Xavier University instructor charged with first-degree murder will spend another two months in jail undergoing a psychiatric examination.

A former St. Francis Xavier University instructor charged with first-degree murder will spend another two months in jail undergoing a psychiatric examination.

Patrick Chareka, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Ottilia Chareka, an associate professor at the Nova Scotia university.

On Tuesday, Chareka's lawyer told the judge a psychiatrist has been retained to conduct an assessment of his client.

The case has been adjourned until Aug. 11.

Ottilia Chareka was found in her home on March 16 after the Mounties responded to a 911 call about a disturbance. She died later in hospital.

Autopsy results showed the 42-year-old woman died from blunt force trauma. RCMP said a weapon was seized in the investigation, but they did not say what kind of weapon was found.

Four of the family's five daughters are being cared for by family friends in Antigonish.

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