Murder re-trial rescheduled

William McLaughlin-Martinez returns 4 April

Five men and seven women were chosen on Monday to serve as jurors for the trial of William McLaughlin-Martinez on a charge of murder.

On Thursday, Justice Charles Quin released them. He explained that there had been extensive legal argument, which was now resolved. However, the trial had been set down for two weeks and it could not finish in the time allowed. He therefore released the jurors; they had not been put in charge of the defendant and had not heard any evidence.

After conferring with Solicitor General Cheryll Richards and Defence Attorney Mark Tomassi, Justice Quin set a new trial date for 4 April.

The defendant was convicted in July 2009 of the murder of Brian Rankine-Carter in May 2008. In 2010 the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.