Pre-trial Hearing for Canadian Woman Accused if Murder in Panama City

The trial of a woman accused of killing her husband nine years ago here in Panama City may be postponed for a while.

Monique Turrene is facing murder charges in the death of her husband, Canadian Air Force Maj. David Turrene, at the couple’s Forest Park home in early 1996.

Mrs. Turrene took off to her native Canada right after the slaying, and until just recently avoided extradition back to Panama City to face the murder charge.

Her former boyfriend, an accomplice, is already serving life in prison for his part in the bludgeoning death.

In a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Bay County Circuit Court, Turenne’s public defender, Walter Smith, told presiding Judge Michael Overstreet he was having trouble lining up witnesses who live in Canada.

The trial is set to begin June 13, but Judge Overstreet says he doesn’t believe that will happen.

If convicted, Turenne could face life in prison. The state of Florida had to waive the option of seeking the death penalty in the trial in order to get Turenne extradited back here. Canada does not extradite in a death penalty is involved in a case.


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