Murder suspect appears in court - Metro US

Murder suspect appears in court

The man accused of killing a 64-year-old woman and taking over her apartment will remain in custody until his next appearance June 14.

Camille Cleroux, 56, appeared briefly in an Ottawa courtroom Thursday afternoon, only to learn that his case would be delayed 11 days while he obtained a lawyer.

Cleroux, a short, thin white man with sparse short white hair and a matching scruffy goatee, wore a black Harley-Davidson T-shirt and a white windbreaker with Yamaha written on the back that had darkened with age. He was also wearing dark brown cargo shorts and black socks.

He scanned the courtroom as he entered and announced his name with a French accent to the judge, and said, “yes, thanks” when she informed him his next court appearance would be by video June 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Cleroux is charged with first-degree murder. The charge comes after human remains, believed to be the body of Paula Leclair, were found in a wooded area south of her building on Fairlea Crescent Wednesday.

Leclair was reported missing last Saturday by her son, who had discovered an unknown man living in her apartment.

The death is Ottawa’s sixth homicide of the year.

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