A preliminary hearing began Monday in the case of three men accused of the murder of Kitchener's Nadia Gehl.

Ronald Cyr, 31, Gehl's husband, is among those accused of shooting the 28-year-old near an Ottawa Street bus stop in February 2009.

Nashat Qahwash, 24, and Zdenek Zvolensky, 24 were also charged with first degree murder in the case.

Cyr had told CTV in an interview prior to his arrest that "she was very loved by her family and her friends," and that he loved her a lot.

It was only after an intense six-month investigation, and with help from the public, that Cyr and two men alleged to be his associates were charged in the case.

Waterloo Regional Police Inspector Steve Beckett said evidence collected after Cyr first became a suspect led to him becoming "one of the prime suspects in this murder."

The arrest shocked Gehl's family and neighbours, but those who lived nearby were also feeling a sense of relief that it was not a random act of violence.

A judge and Crown attorney were brought in from out of town as Cyr worked in the court system as a legal assistant to Gehl's uncle, a prominent Kitchener criminal attorney. The victim's father is also a prominent local lawyer.

The hearing, which will determine if there is sufficient evidence for a trial, could last up to a month.

With files from CTV's Art Baumunk and Meghan Furman.