LA MALBAIE, Que. — A 46-year-old man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his partner in Quebec's Charlevoix region last month.
Provincial police say Eric Levasseur was arrested Monday and will be charged by videoconference today with murdering 40-year-old Carolyne Labonte.
Labonte was found dead on March 18 at her home in Notre-Dame-des-Monts, 130 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, and an investigation and an autopsy later determined she had been killed.
Provincial police spokeswoman Beatrice Dorsainville confirms Labonte and Levasseur were a couple and lived at the same address.
Victims' advocates in Quebec have raised the alarm about a spate of killings linked to domestic violence this year.
Labonte is at least the ninth woman to be killed in an alleged case of domestic violence in the province since the beginning of 2021.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.
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