Wallaceburg murder case drags on

Kourtny Audette. Apr. 24, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A Wallaceburg first-degree murder suspect will have to wait a little longer to find out her fate.

Kourtny Audette, 27, appeared in a Chatham court briefly on Monday virtually, but Justice Paul Kowalyshyn was told that Chatham-Kent Crown Attorney Rob MacDonald needed more time to follow up on a possible resolution to the case that had been previously discussed during pre-trial sessions. A resolution was expected nearly a year ago after psychological evaluations were ordered to determine if Audette was fit to stand trial. The matter has been adjourned to March 11, 2021 to allow the Crown to get more input and determine a position.

Audette has been behind bars at the Windsor Jail for almost three years. She is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Nick Laprise, 24, of Dover. He was found dead in April 2018 at a home on Book Street in Wallaceburg.

Apr. 24, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Nicholls Funeral Home)

Nick Laprise. Apr. 24, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Nicholls Funeral Home)

Audette remains in custody after previously abandoning her bail. Her defence lawyer Laura Joy has waived any delay as a defence, meaning the charges cannot be dropped if the trial runs long. Under Canadian law, legal proceedings can be halted if a lawyer’s request for the charges to be stayed is granted because a trial has taken an unreasonable amount of time.

The case is under a publication ban and no more information can be made public.