New charges laid against suspect in aide’s killing
RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, Que. — New charges of sexual assault and necrophilia were laid yesterday against the suspect charged in the killing of Quebec political aide Nancy Michaud.
Francis Proulx, 29, was charged with first-degree murder on May 19 and police said at the time he might face additional offences pending the completion of the police investigation.
At a court appearance yesterday in Riviere-du-Loup, Que., about 200 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, Proulx was indicted with the two new charges.
On top of a charge of sexual assault, Proulx was also accused of committing an indignity on a dead body, also known as necrophilia.
Michaud, who worked as an aide to Natural Resources Minister Claude Bechard, was abducted from her home in Riviere Ouelle, a community of 1,200 people, on May 16.
Two days later her body was found in the basement of a nearby abandoned house.
Proulx was a neighbour of Michaud and grew up with her in the village.