The man and woman arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old school teacher from Sarnia have pleaded guilty to first murder in the case.
Michael MacGregor, 20, and Tanya Bogdanovich, 32, were both charged with first-degree murder in the death of Noelle Paquette.
They entered their guilty pleas in a courthouse south of London, Ont., on Friday where pre-trial motions in their case have been taking place.
Paquette’s body was found in January 2013 in a woodlot southeast of Sarnia, Ont., one day after she went missing.
The 27-year-old was last seen leaving a New Year’s Eve party.
MacGregor and Bogdanovich’s trial was to begin in April 2016, but their guilty pleas, which came as a surprise, now mean their case will next be in court in February, where a comprehensive statement of facts is expected.
Paquette’s murder stunned the city of Sarnia.
Her death sparked a charity — Noelle’s Gift — which helps disadvantaged children.