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American Chocolatier charged in Canadian resort owners murder

Road Dispute Leads to Alleged Homicide by American Chocolatier and Accomplice in Dominica

Jonathan Lehrer and Robert Snider (Facebook photo)

Two non-nationals have been charged with the murder of a distinguished French-Canadian couple, Daniel Langlois and Dominique Marchand, owners of the Coulibri Ridge eco-resort in Dominica. 

American chocolatier and owner of Bois Cotlette Inc., Jonathan Lehrer along with his accomplice Robert Snider have been charged with killing Daniel Langlois and his partner Dominique Marchand.

The couple’s charred remains were found last Friday in a burnt out vehicle approximately 113 miles away from their resort. The couple had been reported missing a day before the discovery. 

Reports from Dominica suggest that the motive behind the alleged murder was a longstanding road dispute between Lehrer and Langlois.

The disagreement over the utilization of the Morne Rouge road, which traversed both properties, began years ago. Lehrer had reportedly obstructed the road with boulders, a trench, and equipment, impeding Langlois’ access to his property. 

Langlois took the matter to court, citing damages, loss, and tortious interference with their economic interests. In 2019, the High Court ruled in favor of the eco-resort, granting unrestricted access to the disputed road for the guests. 

Tragically, the couple lost their lives just a year after completing the 20-year endeavor of building the eco-resort.

Daniel Langlois, a pioneering animator, was well-known for his contributions to the world of animation. Working as a director and animator in Quebec, he founded Softimage in the 1980s, whose 3D animation software played a crucial role in major film productions, including Jurassic Park, The Matrix, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Titanic.

In 1994, Langlois sold Softimage to Microsoft for a staggering $200 million and went on to establish the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Art, Sciences, and Technology. His remarkable contributions earned him a scientific and technical Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997.

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