Ex-mayor accused of killing wife found dead in prison cell

A former small-town Quebec mayor accused of killing his wife has been found dead in his prison cell.

MONTREAL — A former small-town Quebec mayor accused of killing his wife has been found dead in his prison cell.

Paul Laplante reportedly hung himself today in a penitentiary in east-end Montreal.

The former mayor of St-Liboire was facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying of his wife.

His spouse, Diane Gregoire, had been missing for nearly four years before her remains were found late last year. Laplante was arrested soon thereafter.

A court had ordered him to remain in custody and to refrain from speaking with the two children he had with Gregoire.

His lawyer, Marc Labelle, says his client was bothered by the fact he couldn’t speak with his children. But he won’t confirm numerous reports Laplante committed suicide.

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