‘I did the crime...’

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY RICHARD MA­HONEY News Staff

“I did the crime, I will do the time,” stated the 25-year-old Nova Sco­tia man charged with the mur­der of 26-year-old Ém­i­lie Ma­heu of Green Val­ley.

Bran­don Smeltzer made the dec­la­ra­tion when he ap­peared in Corn­wall court Fri­day af­ter be­ing charged with killing his for­mer part­ner, whose body was found in a field near Lan­caster Oc­to­ber 13.

Ms. Ma­heu, who had a 22-month-old daugh­ter with the ac­cused, had been re­ported miss­ing Oc­to­ber 11 at 8:30 p.m., about seven hours af­ter she left the Alexan­dria chi­ro­prac­tic clinic where she worked.

Mr. Smeltzer later stated he would “be with Ém­i­lie soon,” prompt­ing him to be placed on sui­cide watch.

This is not the first time he has been charged with a se­ri­ous of­fence. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a woman in Bay­side. He re­ceived a con­di­tional dis­charge and was placed on pro­ba­tion for a year.

Mr. Smeltzer and Ms. Ma­heu met while they both worked at Mills Heavy Haul­ing near Hal­i­fax. She had re­turned to Alexan­dria with her daugh­ter ear­lier this year.

He was ar­rested in New Brunswick Oc­to­ber 16 and is cur­rently be­ing held at the Ot­tawa-Car­leton De­ten­tion Cen­tre un­til his trial which is to be held later this year.

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