Canada’s highest court has refused to hear Monique Turenne’s last-ditch appeal to avoid being extradited from Canada to Panama City to face a murder charge.
The Canadian Supreme Court’s dismissal of her appeal ends an eight year legal fight and leaves her with no choice to return to Florida to stand trial for the murder of her husband.
Turenne was charged with first-degree murder after her husband, Canadian Air Force Major David Turenne, was beaten to death outside the couple’s home in the Forest Park section of Panama City in February 1996.
Major Turenne was on special assignment with Tyndall Air Force Base at the time he was killed.
Ralph Crompton, who police allege was Mrs. Turenne’s lover in a triangle gone wrong, was arrested and is now serving a life sentence in the Florida prison system.
Prosecutors maintain Crompton acted on her instructions and Turenne confessed she set her husband up to be attacked by her lover, but Crompton says she is the one who wielded the claw hammer that killed him.
Turenne fled to her home in Canada a few days after the slaying. There’s no indication yet when she will be returned to Panama City to face the murder charge.
She surrendured to the Canadian Mounties Thursday afternoon and will be extradited back to Panama City.