Claude Larouche: Crown releases a bombshell:

New DNA evidence, new lawyer for alleged killer
Fri, 2010-01-29 13:27.
Shuyee Lee

The crown is trying to see if they can link unresolved crimes to a Montreal man suspected of killing a Corrections Canada employee.

Claude Larouche was arrested in connection to the first degree murder of Natasha Cournoyer based on DNA evidence.

And now the crown is trying to see if new DNA evidence can connect the 48-year-old suspect to other cold cases.

Crown prosecutor Éliane Perreault says they handed over the new evidence to Larouche’s new lawyer and they’re waiting on other tests for other cases.

“The new DNA we’re waiting for is for this case but the investigation is wider than that,” Perreault told reporters.

One of the cases they’re looking at: a prostitute who was attacked by a client two weeks after Cournoyer’s death, the woman saying she thought she recognized Larouche.

Perreault says it’s too early to say if they could lay new charges.

The body of the 37-year-old Corrections Canada employee was found by the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Pointe-aux-Trembles in October a few days after she disappeared from her Laval workplace.

The case returns to court in late April.

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