Dramatic scene at Jaime Leopold court appearance
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:37PM ADT
It was a dramatic scene at a Nova Scotia courthouse today as Laura Lee Robertson's children saw their mother's accused killer for the first time since she went missing.
Robertson disappeared from her Liverpool home on April 14, the day before her 47th birthday.
She had been living with her fiancée, Jaime Leopold, and he was the last person to see her before she was reported missing.
He told police they had a fight the night of April 13, but that she was gone when he awoke the next morning. He said he thought she had gone to work, but she never came home.
Her daughter, Amanda Jones, believed her disappearance was suspicious from the beginning.
"I don't believe she just vanished into thin air," Jones told CTV shortly after mother's disappearance. "I strongly believe that when she comes home my family is going to have to put her to rest."
Jones' fear was realized when police found her mother's body two weeks after she went missing.
Police arrested Leopold - who had been staying with his grandparents in Bangs Falls during the investigation into Robertson's whereabouts - around 7:00 a.m. April 26 and took him into custody.
Police discovered Robertson's body in a wooded area off Highway 210 in Greenfield, near Bangs Falls, on April 27.
They charged Leopold with second-degree murder in connection to her killing. He appeared in court, blinking back tears, on the same day her body was found.
"The RCMP believe, with the charges against Leopold, the person responsible for the death of Laura Lee Robertson is currently before the courts," Sgt. Bridgit Leger told CTV on the day of his first court appearance.
Leopold appeared briefly in a Bridgewater courtroom Wednesday, where he was supposed to enter a plea and elect a method of trial, but the case was set over.
Unable to control her anger, Jones burst out of the courtroom when she saw him and led a group of women in chants of "justice for Laura."
"The anger really overtook my body, it really did," Jones told CTV. "And I just, I had to leave. I had to leave."
Robertson's family and friends filled up half the courtroom and emotions ran high; some shouted "no more violence."
Many people who didn't know her showed up too, in the hopes that their presence would send a message about domestic abuse and violence against women.
"We're putting the message out there that we're not going to take it anymore," said Robertson's best friend, Lori Oikle. "We're not."
Leopold is due back in court June 1.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kayla Hounsell