Ottawa Citizen
Sunday, October 07, 2001

Woman in jail cell charged in slaying of Cornwall man

Father of two, 30, killed in August

Aaron Sands
The Ottawa Citizen

A Cornwall woman already jailed in Ottawa was arrested in her cell Friday for the killing of a man in her apartment in mid-August.

After a two-month investigation, Cornwall homicide detectives arrested Marie-Josée Lidtkie, 36, at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Innes Road shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, police said. She is accused of fatally stabbing Darren Dufresne, 30, of Cornwall at her home on Guy Street in Cornwall.

She was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court for a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Mr. Dufresne's father, Abe Dufresne, 75, said the arrest brings "some comfort."

"It's a bit of relief for the family after all this time," he said. "I was glad when the police officers told me about this."

Police arrived at Ms. Lidtkie's apartment building shortly after 6 a.m. on Aug. 16 and found the woman screaming on the street in front of the duplex.

Inside her second-floorflat, officers found Mr. Dufresne bleeding from stab wounds. The father of two young boys died in hospital soon after his arrival.

Police searched the neighbourhood following the murder, showing residents a photo of Ms. Lidtkie's sometime boyfriend, Yvon Rollin.

Police arrested Mr. Rollin in Ottawa later that day, but released him after an interview.

The day Mr. Dufresne was killed, police also arrested Ms. Lidtkie on a charge of breaching probation for allegedly drinking alcohol. Days later,

police charged her with possession of cocaine.

Mr. Dufresne's father said his son had a habit of "chumming around" with a bad crowd. He was in and out of jail for property offences and eventually lost his marriage.

Ms. Lidtkie had been in custody in Ottawa on unrelated charges, Cornwall police Sgt. Pierre Pilon said.

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