Times Colonist

New charges laid against suspect in aide’s killing

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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.

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