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Canada Woman, current partner found guilty of 1st degree murder in death of woman's ex-husband

21:54  15 january  2018
21:54  15 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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a blurry image of a street: Melissa Merritt bows her head as she enters the Halifax courthouse. She and her partner Christopher Fattore were found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Caleb Harrison.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Melissa Merritt bows her head as she enters the Halifax courthouse. She and her partner Christopher Fattore were found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Caleb Harrison.

A woman and her spouse have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of the woman's ex-husband.

In a trial that ended this weekend, Melissa Merritt and her common-law husband Christopher Fattore were determined to have killed Merritt's ex-husband Caleb harrison in 2013.

Christopher Fattore was also found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Caleb Harrison's mother and Merritt's ex mother-in-law, Bridget Harrison, who died in 2010.

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The jury did not deliver a verdict for Merritt in the death of Bridget Harrison, Taylor said.

In 2015, the couple was also charged with first-degree murder in the death of William Harrison — Caleb's father and Bridget's husband — but a judge discharged Merritt on that count, citing insufficient evidence.

Fattore was found not guilty of the second degree murder of William Harrison.

Deaths occurred in same home

Caleb Harrison was found dead in August 2013 in a home in Mississauga, Ont. — the same home where his 63-year-old mother died in 2010.

Investigators determined that both had been asphyxiated.

All three Harrisons were found dead in the same Mississauga, Ont., home over several years.

Merritt and Fattore were arrested near Bridgewater, N.S., last year, where they had moved shortly after Caleb Harrison's death.

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Melissa Merritt and partner Christopher Fattore were found guilty in the 2013 murder of her ex - husband Caleb Harrison at a Brampton courtroom Saturday. Merritt, 37, was also charged with first - degree murder in the 2010 death of her former mother-in-law, Bridget Harrison.

Harold Henthorn was found guilty of first - degree murder , three days after receiving the case. Initially, no foul play was suspected in the September 2012 death of Toni Henthorn, with Harold telling investigators his wife had slipped and fell 140 feet to her death as they were hiking on Deer Mountain

Verdicts 'bring some relief'

In a statement delivered on Saturday, the Harrison family said that while the verdict provided some relief, the pain and suffering caused by the the loss will remain constant.

The family also criticized the way the cases were handled by police.

"We are haunted by lingering questions about the investigative and forensic handling of the deaths of Bill and Bridget Harrison. We need time to process the verdicts, reflect, and determine the best avenues to address our questions. Answers are important to fully honour the lives of those we have lost, and to help us reach closure," the family said.

A complicated family history

The case involves an intricate web of family relations.

Merritt and Caleb Harrison had two children and split up in 2005, which is also the year she and Fattore met, police have said.

Merritt was previously convicted of the parental abduction of the children she had with Harrison — an abduction police said took place around the same time as Harrison's father's death.

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The two children were living with Harrison at the time of his death, police said.

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