The lawyer for Kevin Sanders, charged with second-degree murder, announced in court on Monday that his client was finally able to understand the legal proceedings, just hours after a jury was appointed to determine his fitness to stand trial.
This turnaround came after communication between the lawyer and the accused was restored. The 12 jurors were immediately informed that their services were no longer required.
Kevin Sanders was arrested in August 2020 after punching a customer in the face inside the Taverne Urbaine, rue Alexandre in Sherbrooke.
The victim, Joël Mailhot, 51, unfortunately died of his injuries in the days that followed.
Accused of unpremeditated murder, Sanders, 27, has stayed in psychiatry at the Philippe-Pinel Institute since his arrest 22 months ago.
Kevin Sanders' case has been postponed until September 6, when the date of his jury trial will be set.