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Happy Valley-Goose Bay murder trial moved to St. John’s

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Jonathon Henoche, accused of the murder of Regula Schule, was scheduled to go to trial in Happy Valley-Goose Bay next February.

Now, following an application by defense counsel, the case has been moved to Supreme Court in St. John’s.

A pre-trial conference is set for July 20 to determine the new dates in St. John’s.

The defense asked to have the trial moved to St. John’s because he felt it would be hard to find an impartial jury in Happy Valley-Goose Bay due to a number of factors.

Henoche, 32, is charged with first degree murder and arson and the trial is expected to last six weeks. He is charged in connection with the death of the 88-year-old former missionary in July of 2016.

Police said at the time of the fire they deemed the death suspicious and RCMP had searched neighbourhoods in the community in relation to the investigation throughout the remainder of the summer. Henoche was charged in September of 2016 and has been in custody since that time.

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