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Court overturns murder conviction due to errant jury instruction

Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 1:40 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a man's first-degree murder conviction and ordered a new trial as it found shortcomings in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury on the intent for murder.

Christopher Hicks, Hicks Adams LLPByron Spence was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury at the Superior Court of Justice on Sept. 25, 2014, in the shotgun slaying of his half-brother, Jonah Trapper. Spence shot Trapper in the back after a disagreement about the messy state of their mother’s house in Timmins,...