Canada N.B. Appeal Court orders new murder trial for woman convicted in stabbing death
Killer showed no emotion after stabbing 13-year-old to death, witnesses tell B.C. court
There was a blank expression on the face of Letisha Reimer’s killer when he was restrained in the rotunda of Abbotsford Senior Secondary on Nov. 1, 2016, a B.C. Supreme Court trial has heard. The school's principal Robert Comeau took the stand Tuesday in Gabriel Klein's trial for second-degree murder in Reimer's death.Comeau testified that he was in a meeting in his office when the attack happened at around 2 p.m. There was a commotion in the rotunda and he heard the secretaries scream — one yelled "He has a knife.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a young woman convicted in the brutal slaying of a Moncton teen who was stabbed about 200 times, concluding that a judge's errors had deprived Marissa Shephard of the right to a fair trial.
The court overturned Shephard's convictions for first-degree murder and arson in the 2015 death of 18-year-old Baylee Wylie on Tuesday due to errors committed during her 2018 jury trial.
"The trial judge committed various errors of law in his charge to the jury and in allowing the jury to hear and consider inadmissible and highly prejudicial evidence," read a summary of the decision.
Man convicted in crowbar road-rage attack files mistrial application, citing new medical opinion
A man convicted of breaking a woman’s arms with a crowbar has filed a mistrial application, alleging new medical evidence shows the victim’s injuries were caused by falling, not being struck. Jared Eliasson is awaiting sentencing after being convicted earlier this year of a 2017 attack described in court as an early morning road-rage incident.But in an application filed with the Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday, Eliasson argues the judge in the case should order a mistrial, or vacate the convictions and reopen the trial to hear new evidence."The newly disclosed X-rays and the opinion letter from Dr.
"He likewise erred in law in failing to appropriately deal with Crown counsel's improper submission to the jury that Ms. Shephard had 'in her own words [on direct examination] included herself in the killing of Baylee Wylie.'"
During a trial last year, court heard that Wylie's body was found in Shephard's burned-out townhouse on Dec. 17, 2015.
According to court documents, the victim, Shephard, and two other young men gathered at her home for "some drug-fuelled excitement" that ended tragically with Wylie being tied to a chair, beaten and stabbed repeatedly with a variety of weapons.
Shephard, who was 20 at the time of her arrest, was the third person convicted of murdering Wylie.
Devin Morningstar was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2016, while Tyler Noel pleaded guilty in May 2017 to second-degree murder and arson with disrespect for human life. Both received life sentences.
Gatineau man has first-degree murder conviction overturned for second time
A Gatineau man has had his first-degree murder conviction quashed for a second time, which means he could face a third trial in the execution of a local drug dealer who was shot in the heart. Fadi Saleh 41, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty by an Ottawa jury in November 2015. In a ruling this week, however, the Court of Appeal for Ontario again overturned that conviction. The appeal court identified four serious errors during the trial judge’s charge to the jury, which together gave rise to “a substantial wrong or miscarriage of justice.
During the trial, the Crown relied heavily on videotaped statements given to police by Morningstar, who said Shephard had participated in the stabbing. Morningstar repeatedly refused to testify in person.
A jury convicted Shephard after just four hours of deliberation, and she was later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
But in overturning the decision, the panel of three judges took issue with the way the videos of Morningstar were presented to the court.
The videos contained "inadmissible and prejudicial observations" that amounted to opinion, speculation, and "prejudicial attacks on Ms. Shephard’s character," they concluded.
"All agree significant editing was required to remove those inadmissible and prejudicial observations," the judges wrote. "Unfortunately, there was no vetting and no editing before the recordings were played for the jury."
2 accused in stabbing death of Hamilton teen Devan Bracci-Selvey make court appearance
The two males — a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old — made appearances at Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse via video link.The two males — a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old — made brief appearances at Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse via video link from two different detention centres.
More importantly, the panel said the judge failed to address what they describe as the Crown's wrongful claim that Shephard admitted to participating in the crime during her testimony.
During her direct examination, Shephard stated she had argued against Noel's plan to murder more people, saying "No, like we're not killing anybody else, Tyler," according to the court document.
The Crown seized on this use of language during closing arguments, implying the use of the word 'we' amounted to involvement to the murder. In fact, it was clear Shephard had meant no such thing and had repeatedly and consistently denied the allegations against her, the appeals court wrote.
"Crown counsel knew this was so, but unfairly and improperly exploited Ms. Shephard's poor choice of words to argue she had, in essence, confessed to murder in her direct examination," the court wrote.
This error alone, the judges concluded, "compels reversal because it denied Ms. Shephard a fair trial, a wrong that can only be remedied by setting aside the convictions and ordering a new trial. We so order."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2019.
— By Morgan Lowrie in Montreal
The Canadian Press
Accused Abbotsford school killer was on alcohol and drugs, final Crown witness testifies .
Gabriel Klein has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the slaying of Letisha Reimer and the stabbing of her friend at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School.Gabriel Klein has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the slaying of Letisha Reimer and the stabbing of her friend at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School on Nov. 1, 2016.
The Richard Oland Case : Murder in the Family - the fifth estate
It was called the trial of the century in New Brunswick - - a confluence of celebrity, money and murder. Richard Oland of the Moosehead brewing family -- one of ...
Convicted Killer Back in Court
Jon Thomas Ford was back inside a Bexar County courtroom four months after being convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend, to ask tax payers to pay for his trial ...