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Brandon Metallic found guilty

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The defendant, Brandon Metallic, represented himself during the trial. He only cross-examined 6 of the Crown's 22 witnesses and presented no defense. (Photo taken from the accused's Facebook page)

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Jury in Brandon Metallic's trial finds 31-year-old guilty of second-degree murder of man in 20s and manslaughter of girl .

It was juror number 14 who announced shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday the verdict on which the six men and six women decided. were heard unanimously. The jury had been in seclusion since 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and was able to begin deliberations from that point.

Many relatives of the victims were present at the New Carlisle courthouse to witness the announcement of this verdict at the end of a trial which began on January 16. Several of them breathed a sigh of relief and sobbed as the verdict was read.

The courtroom was also full. Around fifty people came to hear the verdict.

Brandon Metallic was facing charges following events that occurred on May 15, 2021 in a residence on Riverside Street West, in the territory of the Mi'gmaw community of Listuguj. He barricaded himself in this house after gunfire, which led to a major police operation. The identity of the two victims found on site is subject to a publication ban.

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The accused, who was present in the courtroom, did not react unduly when the verdict was delivered. He subsequently spoke on multiple occasions, without having the permission of judge Guy De Blois. He notably alleged that the court was a fake one and alluded to a kidnapping.

The individual was charged with the second degree murder of a man and the involuntary manslaughter of a girl .

Brandon Metallic had also made disjointed and incoherent comments on countless occasions during his trial and had in fact been excluded from the courtroom on January 18 due to his misconduct.

Following the verdict, the Crown declared itself satisfied with the work accomplished.

It is certain that the accused did not offer his collaboration throughout the trial. On the other hand, the trial took place in a satisfactory manner.

A quote from Florence Frappier-Routhier, criminal prosecutor

The Crown clarified that the burden of proof to demonstrate was the same as usual, even if the burden of proof was not met. accused declined to present a defense during his trial. Me Frappier-Routhier made it clear that Brandon Metallic must still be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the jury, which analyzed all of the evidence submitted by the prosecution.

Judge Guy de Blois recalled that a life prison sentence automatically applies upon a verdict of guilty of murder and that Brandon Metallic will have to serve at least 10 years of imprisonment before to be able to benefit from conditional release.

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Florence Frappier-Routhier conducted all the prosecution's interrogations during this trial.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The magistrate also gave the jury the opportunity to make a recommendation since this period can vary from 10 to 25 years, but the jury abstained.

Brandon Metallic's exact sentence will be known at a later date. The case will return to the New Carlisle courthouse on April 18 for formal sentencing submissions. Relatives of the victims will later be able to testify to the impact that the events of May 15, 2021 had on their lives.

They did not wish to grant an interview to the media on Wednesday.

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The trial, which took place in English, began on January 16 at the New Carlisle courthouse. (File photo)

Me Frappier-Routhier indicated that Brandon Metallic has not requested, to date, a pre-sentence report, a document generally produced by a probation officer and which serves to guide the judge in imposing the sentence. Metallic will nevertheless be informed of this possibility by the friend of the court, Me Ariane Cayer. The lawyer was appointed by the court to ensure the smooth running of the procedures and respect for the individual's rights since he represented himself alone.

During the trial, 22 witnesses were called to the stand by the Crown. Only six of them were cross-examined by the accused.

With information from Isabelle Larose

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