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Killer guilty of lesser charge
Posted in HOMICIDE, Tagged News ClippingsJanuary 4, 2006
The mother of an 18-year-old man killed during a meat cleaver attack by his friend, burst into tears and ran from a Calgary courtroom Thursday when he was found not guilty of second-degree murder. [the mother], angered that her son’s killer was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter, could be heard sobbing in the hallway outside the Court of Queen’s Bench courtroom.
“My son is gone. Where’s the justice?” [she] yelled.
It took jurors three days to render a verdict n the case.
[the accused] pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge, claiming he acted in self-defence when he was confronted last year by [the victim],18, in his bedroom and killed him with a meat cleaver.
The jury of eight men and four women instead convicted him of manslaughter. Outside the courtroom, a brief confrontation between several of [the victim]’s friends and [the accused]’s lawyers, David Chow and Patrick Fagan, forced court sheriffs to step in. Thursday‘s verdict ends a nearly month-long trial where jurors heard [the accused] and [the victim] spent the evening of the killing drinking and snorting cocaine. In a videotaped interview with police, [the accused] insisted he was acting in self-defence when he killed [the victim] on Oct. 12. [the accused] said he and [the victim] had an argument over drug money earlier in the night. The accused said he went home and watched a movie, then walked to his mother’s home two doors down to get some milk. He returned home and was surprised by [the victim], his friend since high school, wielding a weapon.
The pair struggled and [the accused] turned the cleaver on [the victim], inflicting 56 wounds. [the victim] bled to death.
[the accused] has been remanded into custody until sentencing arguments scheduled for Sept.
By: Emma Poole
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