Yumna Afzaal, 15 years old, Madiha Salman, 44 years old, Talat Afzaal, 74 years old and Salman Afzaal, 46, died after being grabbed by the murderer.
A guilty verdict on first-degree murder charges leads directly to a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
Judge Renee Pomerance will also have to examine the facts as part of the proceedings and could determine that the actions also constituted a terrorist act within the meaning of the law.
Such a designation would be a first in the country and could set a precedent and dictate the way in which justice deals with acts of violence motivated by ideologies or political ideals.
To reach this conclusion, the magistrate will be able to rely on all of the evidence presented at trial, on arguments from the lawyers in this case and on additional evidence which could be filed during another hearing which will take place on January 23.
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Christopher Hicks and Peter Ketcheson portray Nathaniel Veltman.
One of the murderer's lawyers, Peter Ketcheson, however, affirmed that he would oppose the designation of his client as a terrorist as soon as the verdict was delivered. Such a designation could have an impact on possible parole board hearings, he said, emphasizing at the same time that any determination made by the judge could have repercussions on the type of services he will receive. during his detention.