POLITICS

Timeline of investigation into fatal python case in New Brunswick

02/06/2015 05:14 EST | Updated 04/08/2015 05:59 EDT
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Here is a timeline of the investigation into the deaths of two young boys who were killed by a python in Campbellton, N.B.:

Aug. 5, 2013: Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor are found dead after an African rock python escaped its enclosure inside Jean-Claude Savoie's apartment where they were staying for a sleepover.

Aug. 6, 2013: The New Brunswick government says no permit was issued for the African rock python, which is only allowed in accredited zoos unless a special permit is granted.

Aug. 7, 2013: Autopsies say the two boys died from asphyxiation. Hundreds of people gather at a candlelight vigil in a show of support for their family.

Aug. 9, 2013: Crews remove animals from Reptile Ocean, the exotic pet store beneath the apartment where the two boys were killed. Twenty-three reptiles that are banned in the province without a permit are seized and four alligators are euthanized.

May 21, 2014: Savoie's lawyer says he was told by the lead investigator in the case there would be no charges against his client. But the RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.

July 22, 2014: The RCMP complete their investigation and hand the case to the Crown to determine whether charges should be laid.

July 23, 2014: A task force is appointed to examine New Brunswick's exotic animal laws and regulations.

Feb. 5, 2015: A 38-year-old man is arrested in Montreal. Savoie's lawyer says the man arrested is his client.

Feb. 6, 2015: The man arrested has been ordered to appear in Campbellton provincial court April 27. Savoie's lawyer says his client faces two charges of criminal negligence causing death.