POLITICS

Jury selected in first-degree murder trial in Loretta Saunders case

04/21/2015 03:30 EDT | Updated 07/14/2015 03:59 EDT
HALIFAX - More than a year after the body of a university student was found on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick, the two people charged with killing Loretta Saunders in Halifax will hear the case against them for the first time Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The trial of Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry started Monday with jury selection that ended late Tuesday with Judge Josh Arnold's announcement that 10 men and four women had been chosen for a job expected to take at least two weeks.

Outside the Halifax courtroom, Crown attorney Christine Driscoll said the opening statement from the Crown was expected Wednesday afternoon.

Both Leggette and Henneberry have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Saunders' body was found in a wooded area two weeks after she disappeared from her Halifax apartment in February 2014.

Leggette and Henneberry were arrested in Ontario and brought back to Nova Scotia to face the charges.

Saunders, 26, was an Inuit woman from Labrador who had focused her academic work on missing and murdered aboriginal women while studying at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.