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CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against person and reputation - Homicide - First degree murder

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 8:47 AM  

Appeal by the accused, Spence, from a conviction for first degree murder. The accused, age 25, shot and killed his half-brother, Trapper, age 18. The accused admitted to police that he shot Trapper in the back with a shotgun. He maintained that he intended to scare Trapper when he fired the gun, rather than harm him. In the same interview, the accused suggested he suffered from mental health issues. There was no indication of any pre-existing animosity between the accused and Trapper. The shooting occurred 15...