Jury selection complete for man standing trial in 1995 murder case

Jury selection has been completed in the trial of Éric Daudelin who is accused in the first degree murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1995 in Laval.

Six men and six women plus two alternates were chosen to decide the fate of Daudelin, who also faces charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement of Joleil Campeau.

Campeau went missing in June 1995 and her body was found a few days later in a marsh near her Laval home.

Daudelin was questioned at the time but released because of lack of evidence.

But Daudelin was arrested in 2011, with police citing DNA evidence.

This morning, Daudelin was asked how he pleaded to the charges and he replied, "Not guilty," for each of them.

Daudelin, sporting a scraggly greying beard and a beige polo shirt, showed no emotion as he looked on during the jury selection process that began mid-morning and ended shortly after 3 p.m.

A 49-year-old insurance company v.p., a 54-year-old technician, and a 49-year-old assistant manager were among the chosen jurors.

The lead crown prosecutor is Pierre-Luc Rolland. The lead defence attorney is Gilles Daudelin, no relation to the accused. The trial is presided by Quebec Superior Court Justice Sophie Bourque.

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