Two people accused of the murder of Noelle Paquette, a Sarnia school teacher who was last seen alive on New Year’s Eve 2012, will be tried in Windsor, a judge has ruled.
A judge last week ruled that the trial for the accused, 21-year-old Michael MacGregor and 33-year-old Tanya Bogdanovich, was to be held outside Sarnia, in part due to publicity and a perceived inability to find an impartial jury.
That ruling was followed on Wednesday by a determination made by Justice Thomas Heeney, who is the region’s senior justice, that Windsor would be the site of the trial, expected to take place next April.
“I have determined that Windsor will be able to accommodate this trial from a facilities and scheduling standpoint,” Heeney wrote.
“It features a large urban population from which a jury can be selected, and is also a sufficient distance from Sarnia that publicity-related concerns would not be an issue.”