For just the second time in a case in which there is no body, an Ontario court has returned a verdict of “guilty” in the first-degree murder trial.
Andrew Watson, now 79, was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, Lise Fredette. Fredette has not been seen since the evening of November 12, 2014, when she left her job at Walmart in Peterborough. The next day, police found blood in her driveway, along with some of her belongings.
The four-week trial by jury included testimony from the accused.
The verdict carries a mandatory sentence of 25-years-to-life. The family of Fredette will have a chance to submit victim-impact statements to the court prior to sentencing.
Thursday afternoon the judge implored Watson to tell the court where Fredette’s body was taken.
“The road is now over for you,” said Superior Court Judge Hugh O’Connell. “If you have a heart, sir, I suggest you speak . . . The only piece of the puzzle left is to get Ms. Fredette into a marked grave.”
Watson said “No thanks.”
He will be sentenced on Monday.