A Canadian amateur boxing champion is charged with first-degree murder
following the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.
Jeremy Molitor, a gold medallist at the 1998
Commonwealth Games, made an appearance in a Sarnia courtroom on Monday.
Justice of the peace Joanne Rogers, remanded Molitor, who had his right
forearm wrapped heavily in bandages, in custody and granted Molitor's
lawyer, Ed Gresham, his request to have the case adjourned for a week so
he could review the Crown's evidence against Molitor.
Molitor is accused of killing 21-year-old Jessica
Nethery, who body was found late Saturday morning inside a locked car in
a parking garage.
Police said that last December, Nethery had lodged a
complaint of assault and threatening against the 24-year-old Molitor,
which was to have gone to trial in June. Molitor was barred from
communicating with Nethery as a condition of his release on bail in
Police and the Crown recommended against releasing
Molitor at the time, Sgt. Norman Hansen said. Nethery's father said his
daughter and Molitor ended their relationship after the December
incidenct, but there seemed to have been some communication between the
two several days before she died.
"She was a sweetheart," Carl Nethery said of his
daughter. "I don't know how I'm going to live without her."
Molitor's parents and his 22-year-old brother Stephen,
the current International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion, also
attended the court session.
"Regardless of what has happened I love my brother,
and I'm going to stand by him," Stephen said.
Stephen Molitor also expressed sympathy for Nethery's
"I knew Jessica and she did not deserve to die," he
said. "She's the same age as myself. Her family must be heartbroken. As
you can see it's torn two families apart in the same process."
Molitor's arm injuries included a severed tendon and
artery which required surgery in London, Ont. on Saturday, according to
Gresham. The lawyer added that a decision on whether Molitor will seek
bail has not yet been reached.
"That's a decision that Mr. Molitor will need to make,
and he's going to need some information as far as Crown disclosure just
to be able to make an informed decision on that," he said.