The preliminary hearing into tragic killing of Elizabeth Lafantaisie commenced today at the Law Courts building at 408 York Ave. The seventy-three (73) year old great-grandmother was found slain in the trunk of her car in February of 2011.
Thomas Anthony Joseph Brine-27 yrs, stands charged with 1st Degree Murder and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
That task of proving Brines guilt is a burden placed on the shoulders of Senior Crown Attorney Brian Bell, a prosecutor known for his highly successful, methodical approach to prosecutions. With decades of experience behind him, Bell presents a significant obstacle for opposing defense counsel.
The preliminary hearing is expected to wrap up on Wednesday.
The proceedings were attended by twenty (20) plus family members and supporters of the Lafantaisie family.
If convicted, Brine would automatically be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for twenty-five (25) years.
On February 24, 2011-1600 hrs, I took responsibility for the Elizabeth Lafantaisie murder investigation.
The case turned out to be one of the most intense & challenging cases I supervised during my career as a Homicide Unit Supervisor.
Look for a detailed “Insider” story on the complex case once the Court process is concluded.