Two people charged with murder of Loretta Saunders due in court in Halifax

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HALIFAX - Two people charged in the death of Loretta Saunders, whose body was found on a highway median last month, were scheduled to appear in court today in Halifax.

The case of 25-year-old Blake Leggette and his 28-year-old girlfriend Victoria Henneberry was due back in provincial court after it was adjourned last month.

The two were charged with first-degree murder on Feb. 27 after Saunders's body was found on a snow-covered median off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick a day earlier.

The 26-year-old Inuit woman from Labrador, who was studying at Saint Mary's University, had disappeared from Halifax on Feb. 13.

Police allege Saunders was killed the day she was last seen at an apartment she once shared with the two accused.

Saunders's death has prompted calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, a topic Saunders was focusing on for her university thesis.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Saint Mary's University

Geographic location: Halifax, New Brunswick

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