Charge in Pointe-Claire parking-lot killing upgraded to first-degree murder

A man who was arrested this year in connection with a homicide carried out in the parking lot of a hotel in Pointe-Claire saw the charge filed against him upgraded to first-degree murder this week.

Jérôme Latham, 49, made a brief appearance before Quebec Court Judge Joëlle Roy on Thursday at the Montreal courthouse where he learned that the murder charge filed against him during the summer was being upgraded. The change suggests the Crown is convinced the death of Tommy Dugas, 34, a drug dealer, was premeditated or occurred while he was being robbed.

Latham was originally charged with second-degree murder, a Criminal Code offence that does not include premeditation.

On June 30, Dugas was shot at least once in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn where St-Jean Blvd. intersects Highway 40 in the West Island.

Latham’s case returns to court on June 3.

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Original published: 2018-11-10 00:10:45 Read the full Montreal News here


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