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Nicholas Fontanelli hides from photographers as he arrives at the courthouse to be charged with first-degree murder of his fiancee, Samantha Higgins, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Montreal.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

A Quebec man has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of his fiancee.

Nicholas Fontanelli, 22, appeared in a Montreal courtroom this afternoon and was also charged with committing an indignity to Samantha Higgins' body.

The couple had two young children.

Higgins, 22, was found in a plastic bag last week in Hinchinbrooke, about 60 kilometres south of Montreal.

Fontanelli did not enter a plea and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance, on Aug. 17.

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