Accused murderer professes guilt during court appearance

The front entrance to the Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The man charged in last week’s death of Emilie Maheu of South Glengarry made his first court appearance today in Cornwall.

Brandon Smeltzer, 25, is charged with first-degree murder after Maheu went missing Oct. 11. Her body was later found along a farmer’s field on Concession Road 3 on Oct. 13.

In an unusual turn of events today, Smeltzer reportedly professed his guilt and declined his right to have a lawyer.

“I did the crime, I’ll do the time,” he said, according to Postmedia.

Based on other comments during the proceedings about being with his ex-girlfriend in the future, the Crown asked that he be placed on a suicide watch until his next court appearance.

Smeltzer and Maheu, who met when both were working at a Halifax trucking company, have a 22-month-old daughter.