Trial of Ian Bush, charged in 2007 triple slaying, begins today

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Hair at triple homicide does belong to Ian Bush, defence admits

The trial of an Ottawa man facing charges of first-degree murder in the 2007 triple homicide of a retired judge, the judge's wife and a neighbour will begin Wednesday, after two days of jury selection.

Ian Bush, 61, pleaded not guilty on Monday before jury selection began.

On Tuesday, 12 jurors and two alternates were selected.

The trial is scheduled to begin in earnest Wednesday morning, according to Bush's defence lawyer, Geraldine Castle-Trudel.

Triple homicide involved couple, friend

Retired tax judge Alban Garon, 77, his wife Raymonde, 73, and their friend Marie-Claire Beniskos, 78, were found dead in the Garons's 10th-floor apartment at 1510 Riverside Dr. on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

They had been bound, gagged and beaten.

It was Raymonde Garon's brother who found the bodies and called police that day at about 10:30 a.m. At the time, police said the three were likely slain the day before, on Friday, June 29, between 9 a.m. and noon.

The luxury fenced and gated condominium building was equipped with eight closed-circuit cameras, but the live footage was only monitored by security guards and wasn't recorded.

Bush was formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder in February 2015. He was found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric assessment.