The trial of a man who is alleged to have helped hit man Frédérick Silva when he killed an associate of the Hells Angels nearly four years ago in St-Léonard got underway at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday.
Giovanni Presta, 37, is charged with the first-degree murder of Sébastien Beauchamp, 44, the former member of a Hells Angels support gang called the Rockers who was shot on Dec. 20, 2018 at a gas station on Langelier Blvd., near Robert Blvd.
Presta is alleged to have been the getaway driver when the homicide was carried out.
Presta’s lawyer, Dominique Shoofey, entered a not guilty plea to the charge as the trial began before Superior Court Justice Marc-André Blanchard. The murder trial will be heard before a judge alone.
It begins just two months after Silva, 42, was whisked away in a police helicopter from a federal penitentiary in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines. He was removed from the penitentiary in early July after being placed under police protection by the Sûreté du Québec. In August, Crown prosecutor Antoine Piché confirmed in court that Silva is collaborating with the police.
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