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Garnier murder trial adjourned until Monday

Christopher Garnier accused of killing Catherine Campbell in 2015  

Christopher Garnier and girlfriend Brittany Francis exit the courtroom Thursday morning.   Caitlin Leonard

The trial of Christopher Calvin Garnier has been delayed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court because a juror fell ill.  

Garnier, 30, is accused of killing off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell, 36, and disposing of her body. 

On Thursday, the trial was set to enter its eighth day, but because of the illness it has been adjourned until Monday.

Justice Joshua Arnold said that next week he anticipates a full week of evidence from the Crown.

The lawyers for the Crown, Christine Driscoll and Carla Ball, claimed in court that Campbell was strangled by Garnier at his friend’s house in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015. Garnier and Campbell met earlier that night at the Halifax Alehouse.

Campbell’s body was found near the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax on Sept. 16, 2015, by Halifax Regional Police Const. Adam Cole.

Evidence presented so far has included video footage of Garnier and Campbell at the Alehouse, as well as surveillance footage of a man wheeling a green compost bin down Agricola Street before turning onto North Street.

The Crown alleges that Garnier was transporting Campbell’s remains in the bin from the apartment to the site her body was found.

On Wednesday, witness David Yeo, who lived in a home overlooking Barrington Street, testified that the man wheeling the compost bin was Garnier.

Garnier has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and improper interference of human remains.

The trial will resume on Monday and is expected to run until Dec. 21.