The Province

Murder charges for Halifax pair


HALIFAX — Halifax police charged a man and woman with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Loretta Saunders, a university student whose body was found a day earlier on the side of a highway in New Brunswick.

Police say Victoria Henneberry, 28, and Blake Leggette, 25, will face the charges in Halifax provincial court Friday.

Henneberry and Leggette were charged earlier with stealing Saunders’s 2000 Toyota Celica, which was found Feb. 18 in Harrow, Ont., south of Windsor.

Saunders’s remains were found at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the median off Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Moncton, N.B. The 26-year-old Saint Mary’s University student was last seen on the morning of Feb. 13 in the Cowie Hill Road area of the city.

Delilah Terriak, Saunders’s sister, said the family had no comment.

The murder charges came hours after Henneberry was brought to court for a bail hearing on the theft charge.

At a news conference Tuesday, her boyfriend said he last saw Saunders as she was leaving his home to check on an apartment he said she was subletting to Leggette and Henneberry. Police would only say Leggette, Henneberry and Saunders knew each other and wouldn’t expand on the relationsh­ip.

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