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Case of two people charged with murder of Loretta Saunders put over to April 22

HALIFAX - The case of two people charged in the death of Loretta Saunders was put over today in Halifax to April 22 to set dates for a preliminary hearing.

First-degree murder charges have been laid against 25-year-old Blake Leggette and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Victoria Henneberry.

Neither of the accused appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

Leggette’s laywer, Lyle Howe, said outside of court the fact they have set dates for a preliminary hearing “somewhat” suggests Leggette is intending to plead not guilty.

“If we’re looking for a preliminary inquiry date, there’s somewhat an indication that he plans to actually contest the charges or at least hear from the Crown’s witnesses,” he said.

Saunders disappeared from Halifax on Feb. 13.

Her body was found nearly two weeks later off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.

Police allege the 26-year-old woman was killed the day she was last seen at an apartment she once shared with the two accused.

Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador, was a student at Saint Mary's University in Halifax whose studies were focused on missing and murdered aboriginal women. - with files from Christine Bennett - For Metro

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