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Closing arguments expected in trial of man charged with killing off-duty officer

Last Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 8:00 am EDT

HALIFAX – Lawyers are expected to make closing arguments today in the high-profile murder trial of a Halifax man charged with killing off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell.

The Crown alleges Christopher Garnier punched and strangled the 36-year-old constable inside an apartment after they met at a Halifax bar for the first time on Sept. 11, 2015.

The Crown has argued that Garnier used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge, where it was found five days later.

Garnier’s lawyer called his final witness last week after telling a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that Campbell died accidentally during rough sex.

Garnier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.

Last week, the 30-year-old took the stand in his own defence, telling the jury that during sex play Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her.