Chilling 9-1-1 call entered into evidence at murder trial
The man standing trial in the second degree murder of his teen girlfriend in 2014 called 911 alerting authorities that his "girlfriend may have been strangled" and told an Urgences-Santé supervisor he "may have done something bad."
The crown has said that the death of the 17-year-old victim, Gabrielle Dufresne-Élie is not at issue but rather the intent of the accused, Jonathan Mahautière, 22.
The jury of eight men and four women heard the audio recording of the 911 call Mahautière made on June 7, 2014.
The accused, 18 at the time, is heard telling the dispatcher that a woman needed help at the Motel Chablis but would not give the dispatcher any more information when asked. Mahautière also asks if the call was confidential.
A paramedic testified that Mahautière told him that his girlfriend was in room 101 and that he believed she was strangled.
In his testimony, the paramedic said the accused was "anxious", "disturbed", "stressed" and "overwhelmed" by the events.
The paramedic testified they found the victim's body on the floor of room 101 - motionless with no pulse and with marks on her neck.
The paramedic's supervisor testified that the accused was very calm and polite when he met with Mahautière just before he was handcuffed and taken into custody by police. He testified Mahautière told him that he "may have done something bad" and that his girlfriend was in a room alone and wasn't doing well.
This was echoed by the first police officer who arrived at the scene - she testified all she knew what that someone had done something very bad. The officer's partner testified that they found the victim lying on the floor, a pillow on her face and blood around her mouth.
The trial is expected to last five weeks.