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Relatives battling in Labossière civil case

Jérôme Labossière has yet to go on trial on allegations he killed his elderly parents and brother as part of a family dispute over a $1.3-million estate.

But that hasn't stopped other relatives from seeking to have him found guilty in a civil court of law.

Labossière's sister, Nicole Labossière-Clark, recently filed a motion seeking to have Jérôme declared responsible for the November 2005 deaths of Fernand, 78, Rita, 74, and Rémi Labossière, 44, in St. Leon, Man. It's part of an unusual legal bid to freeze him out of any financial gain as a result of his alleged crimes.

At the centre of the battle is a quarter-section of land owned in rural Manitoba by Rémi, of which Jérôme and several other family members are listed in the slain man's will as beneficiaries.

The Manitoba Court of Appeal released a decision this week quashing Nicole's bid, saying it has no merit. They upheld a previous ruling by a Court of Queen's judge.

As a result, Jérôme's wife, Claudette Grenier, will have his share of the proceeds distributed to her. The high court says Nicole and any other family member would still be entitled to seek future reimbursement if Jérôme is ultimately found guilty as charged and thus prevented from any financial windfall.

In her affidavit, Nicole says that still won't stop her brother from potentially using the assets to pay for his defence. She is vowing to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Appeal Court said they are unlikely to hear it because she would have to prove the matter "is of national importance."

Jérôme and his co-accused, Michael Hince, were set to go on trial this spring, but the trial was adjourned indefinitely when Jérôme dropped his lawyer at the last minute. No new dates have been set and he remains in custody.

A third accused, Jeremie Toupin, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of second-degree murder in exchange for the Crown dropping more serious charges of first-degree murder. He will not be sentenced until after Jérôme and Hince have concluded their cases.

Court documents previously obtained by the Free Press revealed the triple homicide was allegedly "bought" for $5,000 and supposed to look like suicide. Jérôme is a Hells Angels associate, while Hince and Toupin were his longtime friends.

The unprecedented wave of family violence has been linked in court documents to an ongoing civil case over Rémi's $1.3-million estate.

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