The police arrested an American chocolateier and suspected accomplices for the murders of a Canadian animator and his wife on Dominica, a Caribbean island.
Inspector Fixton Henderson said that the charred remains were found in a burned vehicle about a mile from the property of Daniel Langlois and his wife Dominique Marchand.
Henderson confirmed that Jonathan Lehrer, a chocolateier from the United States who owns Bois Cotlette Estate, a resort next to Langlois, along with his wife and Robert Snider Jr. (an American) were taken into custody. Also arrested was a Dominican man. Henderson said that Snider, Jr., was staying at Lehrer’s estate.
The police believe that the killing may have been connected to an ongoing dispute between Lehrer and Langlois over a road which runs through their adjoining estates.
According to a request for an injunction, the Morne Rouge Public Road passes through Bois Cotlette’s chocolate farm, Lehrer’s, and provides access to Langlois’ sustainable luxury resort Coulibri Ridge.
Langlois filed the case with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, claiming that Lehrer was obstructing the road in various ways, including by building a trench and placing metal pipes and supplies in its path.
Henderson, however, said that the feud continues despite the court ruling in Langlois’ favor.
Lehrer and Snider Jr. have been charged with murder. They were remanded in a state jail. Henderson stated that no plea bargains were offered to them.
He said that the wife of the Dominican man and her husband were both arrested, but they weren’t charged.
Henderson, the Henderson’s spokesperson, said that police have not conducted an autopsy of the bodies.
It is believed that the murders took place between 4 p.m. Nov. 30 to 8 a.m. Dec. 1.
Langlois was born in Quebec and founded Softimage. This company created 3D software that was used to create special effects in movies such as “Jurassic Park,” ‘Titanic,’ ‘Men in Black,’ and The Matrix. According to his Foundation‘s obituary, it was also used for video games.
According to his obituary, Langlois was an animation director in Canada before founding Softimage. He also developed the first stereoscopic computer animation for IMAX.
Pascale St-Onge is a Canadian member of Parliament who shared her condolences about X. She called Langlois a “visionary” in digital technology and cinema, with a lasting influence on generations.
His legacy reflects the innovative spirit of his life. “My thoughts are with his family,” she said.
Langlois devoted his last years to his philanthropic foundation, the Daniel Langlois Fundation, and the resort Coulibri Ridge. The website describes the resort as “sustainable luxury”.
Denise Charles is the Minister for Tourism and Parliamentary Representative for the Soufriere Constituency. In a statement , Denise Charles said that the couple was dedicated to their community, especially in supporting projects after Hurricane Maria .
Charles stated in the statement that “in life, there are people who talk and those who act, people who seek recognition or fame and people who care.” “Daniel & Dominique cared.”