Accused in body case detained

A Red Deer man accused of killing a Calgary woman and dumping her body in the trash remains in custody while he awaits legal help.

A Red Deer man accused of killing a Calgary woman and dumping her body in the trash remains in custody while he awaits legal help.

Nathan Desharnais made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday, via closed-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Desharnais, who turns 24 next Wednesday, was arrested in Calgary on Sept. 14 and returned to Red Deer on charges of second-degree murder and offering indignity to human remains.

The body of Calgary resident Talia Mequinis, 27, was discovered on Feb. 22 by a recycling truck that was unloading at a Red Deer recycling depot.

A handful of Meguinis’s family and friends attended court on Wednesday to witness proceedings against the accused man.

Duty counsel Murray Shack asked that Desharnais’ plea be reserved for another week to give him more time to find a lawyer.

Desharnais remains in custody pending his next court appearance, set for Oct. 3.

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