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Closing arguments expected in trial for Halifax man accused of killing off-duty officer

Garnier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.
Christopher Garnier - CP
Christopher Garnier, 29, is seen leaving a court appearance in Halifax. His murder trial in the death of off-duty Truro Police Constable Catherine Campbell is scheduled to begin Monday. (Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughn)

HALIFAX - Lawyers are expected to make closing arguments Monday 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 on September 11th 2015.

The Crown also alleges 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.

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