Daniel Langlois dead and obituary, Two charged with murder of Quebecer

Two individuals have been formally charged in connection with the tragic deaths of Quebec-born film entrepreneur Daniel Langlois and his partner in Dominica, as announced by the country’s director of public prosecutions, Sherma Dalrymple, during a press conference on Thursday.

According to Dalrymple, Jonathan Lehrer and Robert Thomas Snider were charged with the murders of Langlois and his partner, Dominique Marchand, on Wednesday. The accused appeared in court, but they have not yet entered a plea. A preliminary inquiry is scheduled for March 15.

The lifeless bodies of Langlois, 66, and Marchand, 58, were discovered last Friday in a burnt-out vehicle near the luxury resort they owned in Dominica, a small volcanic island situated between Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Police spokesperson Jeoffrey James, speaking at the press conference, revealed that officers made three arrests after visiting a property close to what investigators believe is “a secondary crime scene.” A fourth person was later taken into custody. The status of the other two individuals arrested remains unclear, but James emphasized that the investigation is ongoing.

During the court proceedings, it was disclosed that Lehrer had a long-standing dispute with Langlois over the use of a public road that crossed his property and led to the Quebec couple’s luxury ecotourism resort. This property disagreement dates back several years, with Lehrer allegedly obstructing access to Morne Rouge Public Road in 2018.

Langlois took legal action, seeking a permanent injunction to ensure the road’s accessibility. The first injunction was granted in 2018. In 2019, an Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court judge ruled that the road must be opened to allow Langlois’ employees and guests access to the resort.

Langlois, a prominent businessman and founder of Softimage, a company renowned for its 3D technology used in blockbuster films, later established a foundation in his name to support arts and technology. He and Marchand were actively involved in charitable efforts aimed at helping Dominica recover from and build resilience to national disasters.

In 2022, they opened Coulibri Ridge, a luxury hotel in Dominica described as an “eco-retreat.” Reports indicate that during the arraignment of Lehrer and Snider, local residents gathered outside the courthouse in Roseau, expressing anger and appreciation for Langlois’ contributions to the community and contemplating the impact of his loss on their future.

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