NOT GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER

R. v. M. J. | 2001 | O.J. No. 5827

The jury accepted defence counsel’s submissions that the client was not guilty of first degree murder because there was insufficient evidence of “planning and deliberation”. Instead, the jury found the client guilty of second degree murder. The Judge sentenced the client to be eligible for parole after 13 years, rather than the 15- to 18-year range urged by the Crown and jury members.

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