Coulonge murder trial remanded

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Allyson Beauregard

FORT-COULONGE – John Mitchell Blake MacLennan, a 37-year-old Fort-Coulonge man charged with first degree murder, was set to appear in court again on December 21 in Gatineau, but the case is now experiencing a series of remands as the defense prepares for future hearings. 

Allyson Beauregard

FORT-COULONGE – John Mitchell Blake MacLennan, a 37-year-old Fort-Coulonge man charged with first degree murder, was set to appear in court again on December 21 in Gatineau, but the case is now experiencing a series of remands as the defense prepares for future hearings. 
“The matter was adjourned to February 4, but it’s still pro forma, so it’s not going to proceed on the next court date and will be remanded,” Simon Pelletier, co-prosecutor along with Stéphane Rolland, told the Journal. A bail hearing has not been set.
In October, the defense requested more evidence before moving forward
with preliminary hearings. According to Pelletier,
additional disclosure was provided to MacLennan’s lawyer, Vincent Mendo, although details on the content were not available.
MacLennan is currently being held in custody in Hull following the altercation that took place on Principale Street in Fort-Coulonge on September 2. Once on
the scene, the Sûreté du Québec discovered the body
of 61-year-old Harold Plugowsky. Following a hearing on September 3, MacLennan was charged with first-degree murder.