Aurore!  The Mystery of the Martyred Child

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Le Devoir, April 29, 1920, p. 3



Quebec City, 29. - (D.N.C.) – At 2:20, yesterday afternoon, the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against Télesphore Gagnon, accused of the murder of his 10-year-old daughter, Aurore.

The jury deliberated for only half an hour. Jurors left the courtroom at 1:45 p.m. and returned at 2:05 p.m., but there was a misunderstanding between the English-speaking and French-speaking jurors. The latter presented a verdict of murder and the former a verdict of manslaughter. The judge sent them back to reach an agreement and 10 minutes later they returned with the verdict of manslaughter.

The accused was calm as the verdict was read. The judge announced that the sentence would be delivered at a later date so that he could weigh all the details of the case and sentence the accused only to the punishment that he truly deserved.

Today begins the trial of Roméo Rémillard, accused of the murder of Lucien Morissette.

Source: Correspondant Le Devoir, "Gagnon coupable d'homicide," Le Devoir (Montréal), April 29, 1920.

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