8:30 a.m., Dec. 14)
man charged with first degree murder after body found
Orléans man is facing a first degree murder charge
in connection with the death of a Barrhaven resident whose
body was found near Calabogie on Nov. 11.
Picard, 29, was arrested at the East Division police station
on Wednesday after he was asked to come to the station
on to pick up a lost cell phone.
was formally charged with the murder of Fouad Nayel via
video link from his cell at the Regional Detention Centre
on Thursday while Nayel's mother sat sobbing in the courtroom.
28-year-old construction worker disappeared on or about
June 27. He had told family members that he was going
to Petawawa but would be home in time for his family's
traditional Father's Day Chinese dinner. His body was
found by hunters in a wooded area near Calabogie on Nov.
her son's disappearance, Nicole Nayel obtained his phone
records and discovered that Picard had called him five
times the last day the phone was used. When she asked
Picard about it, he said that he had only called Faiuad
later met with him at a local Tim Horton's to ask him
directly if he knew anything about her son's disappearance.
Picard said that he had called Fouad to see if he wanted
to go zip-lining, contradicting his earlier statement
to Nayel that the two never made plans to meet.
told the police about the phone records, but until Fouad's
body was found he was simply listed as a missing person.
lawyer, Sean May, said his client was "shocked"
when he foun out he was being chaged for Fooad's murder
and is anxiously waiting to see what the evidence is against
from Thunder Bay, Picard served in the military in Afghanistan
and is currently enrolled at the Cordon Bleu culinary
school in Ottawa. He has no criminal record, save for
a few speeding tickets.
girlfriend and father were in the courtroom for his video
appearance. He was ordered not to have contact with 21
people, including members of the Nayel family and several
members of his own family.
next appearance in court is scheduled for Dec. 20.
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