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Fate of accused Bolsa shooter in jury’s hands

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Glen Poelman turned the case of Real Christian Honorio over to the eight-man, four-woman jury at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday after spending more than two hours giving them final instructions.

Fate of third man accused in Bolsa triple-murder now in hands of jury

The fate of a man accused of gunning down three people in a Calgary restaurant is now in the hands of a jury. 28-year-old [The accused] is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings at Bolsa restaurant on New Year’s Day 2009.

Murder suspect's fate in hands of jury

The four-woman, eight-man Court of Queen’s Bench jury earlier received final legal instructions from Justice Glen Poelman before they began considering a verdict in the month-long case.

Evidence missing details: accused killer's lawyer

Defence counsel Greg Dunn said “hold back” evidence police keep secret to weed out false confessions, wasn’t included in Honorio’s comments to officers posing as members of a criminal organization.

Defence opens case in Bolsa triple murder trial

Real Christian Honorio did not shoot any of the three victims of the New Year’s Day 2009 massacre at Bolsa Restaurant, his lawyer said in her opening statement of his trial on Wednesday.

Accused Bolsa shooter did 'boast a little'

Det. Rey Bangloy was confident with the confession to and details of the New Year's Day 2009 triple homicide at Bolsa Restaurant he helped elicit from Real Christian Honorio in a three-month under-cover operation.

Cop defends undercover cop in murder trial

The Calgary cop who posed as a “major league” criminal to draw a confession from triple-murder suspect [The Accused] insisted the accused’s statements were true. Det. Reynold Bangloy told a city jury Friday he believes [The Accused] was being truthful when he admitted his involvement in Calgary’s New Year’s Day massacre.

Witness in massacre trial says gunman calm

Two men dressed like "ninjas" calmly and methodically entered the Bolsa restaurant and began firing, a patron told Calgary's New Year's Day massacre trial Tuesday.

Delay in massacre trial denied

Justice Beth Hughes denied a request by defence lawyers to delay the trial of Real Christian Honorio into next year because of a scheduling conflict for one of the counsel.

Loan shark charged in alleged murder plot

Two men charged in an alleged murder plot, which police say came to light during an organized crime investigation, made a brief first court appearance Friday. [The accused 1], 39, and [The accused 2], 50, did not speak as their lawyers sought to adjourn the case while awaiting Crown disclosure.

Casady Agrees to Waive Death Penalty: Prosecutor says it is only way to get [The accused] back from Canada

Gregory Dunn, [The accused]’s Calgary-based lawyer, reportedly said he expected the death penalty to be waived despite the pleas of Hassell’s family. “I appreciate that the authorities are indicating they are going to consult with the families, because that’s the right thing to do. But at the end of the day, I just don’t see the United Sates not playing ball on this,” said Dunn.

Husband's killing may have been accidental, says lawyer

The shooting death of a Central Alberta man - allegedly at the hands of his wife - may have been an accident, her lawyer said Friday. Defence counsel Jim Butlin said a review of a 911 recording by himself and co-counsel Greg Dunn suggest the shooting may not have been intended.

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Those who are informed, he continues, know defence lawyers are as important as prosecutors, judges and every other part of the justice system in ensuring both victims and the accused are treated fairly. Dunn, the son of a Mountie and a self-described “small-c conservative,” sees his own role as, in part, a fight against potential tyranny.

Presumed Innocence Threatened

Greg Dunn says the top court’s 7-2 decision to uphold an Alberta Court of Appeal conviction against a Calgary man, coupled with new legislation eliminating the man’s defence of “evidence to the contrary,” will make it virtually impossible to prove a client has not consumed enough to be under the influence of alcohol.

Calgary's 'Beltline Rapist' seeks new trial

CALGARY - The lawyer for a man dubbed the Beltline Rapist argued Wednesday his conviction should be overturned because illegal trickery was used to obtain key evidence. [The accused]'s DNA was used to link him to the rapes of two young women in the inner-city neighbourhood more than five years ago. Undercover police obtained the DNA by setting up a fake chewing gum taste test at a gas station parking lot in April 2004. 

Gang Link Called Difficult to Prove

Dunn said provincial court Judge Marlene Graham should release [The accused], 26, on bail pending trail, arguing the Crown’s case isn’t open and shut. “An individual who’s trafficking in cocaine is not generally driving around in a 1999 Jimmy provided by his parent,” Dunn said. “It’s not a kid who’s living the high life by drug trafficking,” he said.

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