WATCH: Suspect in Samantha Higgins murder back in court

Nicholas Fontanelli, the man accused of murdering and dismembering his fiancee Samantha Higgins in the summer of 2015, returned to court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Higgins, a 22-year-old mother of two from Lasalle, went missing for about a week before her dismembered body was found a week later in the community of Hinchinbrooke, near the U.S. border.

The facts of the preliminary hearing are subject to a publication ban.

Fontanelli, dressed in a plaid shirt, showed little emotion during the proceedings. At one point, he asked the proceedings be held in English.

Fontanelli's parents were there, as were several members of Higgins' family and several of her friends.

The preliminary inquiry is expected to last two weeks. It's to determine whether there's enough evidence to proceed to trial.

If there is a trial, it's not expected to take place before next year, at the earliest.