A jury has found Christopher Garnier guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a local woman.
The Halifax jury deliberated for less than five hours before reaching the verdict in Nova Scotia Supreme Court following a four-week trial.
The body of Catherine Campbell, off-duty Truro police officer and member of the Stellarton Fire Department, was found on Sept. 16, 2015, in thick brush near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge. The Crown alleged Garnier, 30, had punched and strangled the 36-year-old woman at a Halifax apartment five days earlier, just hours after they met for the first time at a downtown bar.
A conviction for second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence. Parole eligibility can range from 10 to 25 years.
According to CBC News, four jurors recommended Garnier serve 10 years before being eligible for parole and one recommended 12 years. Seven did not offer any opinion.
Justice Josh Arnold sentenced Garnier to life in prison and will deal with parole eligibility at a May 7 court hearing.