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Halifax man charged with murdering Const. Catherine Campbell

Police looking for witnesses who saw accused pushing green bin towards where body was found.

Christopher Garnier walks into a Halifax provincial courtroom on Thursday.

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Christopher Garnier walks into a Halifax provincial courtroom on Thursday.

Halifax police are now asking the public for help in gathering more evidence in the homicide of Truro police Const. Catherine Campbell.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Supt. Jim Perrin announced charges of second-degree murder and indecent interference with a dead human body against 27-year-old Christopher Calvin Garnier, and he said police are not looking for any other suspects.

Perrin said police believe Campbell was murdered in the early morning hours of Friday, Sep. 11, and that Garnier moved a green bin later that morning.

They’re asking for anyone who saw a white man in a t-shirt and shorts pushing or pulling a green bin on Agricola, North or Barrington Streets around 4:30 a.m. on September 11 to call police or Crime Stoppers.

Const. Catherine Campbell

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Const. Catherine Campbell

“We believe that there was evidence in the green bin,” he said.

“I can’t get into the particulars of what that evidence was.”

Perrin also would not say if police had found the green bin in their searches, only that they’d “seized copious amounts of evidence as part of this investigation.”

Police could be seen Thursday afternoon near the Macdonald Bridge continuing their search, cutting down shrubs, scouring the area, and surveying across the street.

They had searched two other locations on Wednesday: one on McCully Street in Halifax, where police believe the murder occurred, and one on Chadwick Place in Clayton Park where the accused lives.

Perrin would not elaborate on Garnier’s connection to the McCully Street property, or why it’s believed the murder happened there.

He said Garnier and Campbell met at a downtown Halifax bar earlier that night, but he could not say if Campbell showed up with friends, or went there to meet someone, just that police had confirmed the two were in the same bar that evening.

When asked to explain the charge of indecently interfering with a dead human body, Perrin said it covers “a wide array of violations that could occur.”

“We’ve laid that charge because of the cavalier way that Ms. Campbell’s body was disposed of,” he said.

Campbell’s remains were found at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday on Barrington Street, underneath a ramp leading up to the Macdonald Bridge.

Just over an hour later, at 1:20 a.m., police pulled over a vehicle in Clayton Park and arrested a 27-year-old man.

Thursday afternoon, “In Catherine’s honour and out of respect for the Truro Police Service,” Halifax police raised a Town of Truro flag, and opened a book of condolences at their headquarters on Gottingen Street.

Accused appears silently in court

Christopher Calvin Garnier sat in sullen silence in Halifax provincial court Thursday as his lawyer asked for his case to be put over.

The 27-year-old is charged with second-degree murder and indecently interfering with a dead human body in the slaying of 36-year-old Truro police Const. Catherine Campbell.

Wearing a blue winter jacket, black pants and shirt and black running shoes, Garnier didn’t cover his face as he was brought up the stairs and into the courtroom, where he’d sit for just over a minute, saying nothing.

After his appearance, Crown attorney Paul Carver told reporters the Crown would be opposing Garnier’s release, which he would have to apply for in Supreme Court. 

Garnier will be back in Halifax provincial court Sep. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

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