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Proc&egrave ;s Metallic: Judge De Blois gives his final instructions

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Judicial proceedings take place in English at the courthouse of New Carlisle, more than two and a half years after the events. (Archive photo)

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Judge Guy De Blois, who is presiding over the second-degree murder and manslaughter trial of Brandon Metallic at the New Carlisle courthouse, began presenting his final instructions to the jury in this case on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning, Judge De Blois first asked the 14 jurors to take into account only the evidence presented at trial, taking care to detect as well as rule out their personal and unconscious biases.

The magistrate reminded the jury that he was the judge of the facts which were reported during the hearings and that he must stick exclusively to these.

Fourteen people were selected at the start of the trial, but 12 of those jurors will be called to deliberate when instructions are completed.

You decide, not me, what happens in this folder.< /p>A quote from Guy De Blois, judge of the Superior Court

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Judge De Blois asked the jury not to consider what may have been reported in traditional media or social media and not be influenced by public opinion, sympathy, fear or possible prejudice.

He also recalled that all jurors must unanimously, beyond a reasonable doubt, reach a verdict. This verdict must be, according to the judge, fair and adequate.

Brandon Metallic is charged with the involuntary manslaughter of a young girl and the second-degree murder of a man in his 20s, following events that occurred on the territory of the Mi'gmaw community of Listuguj. The identity of the two victims is subject to a publication ban.

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Brandon Metallic has been on trial before a judge and jury since January 16, 2024 at the New Carlisle courthouse. Five weeks were planned, but the procedures were ultimately shortened. (File photo)

The Superior Court judge also recalled that Brandon Metallic was innocent until proven guilty and that he did not have to prove his innocence. It is rather the prosecution which is responsible for proving the guilt of the accused, specified Guy De Blois.

Brandon Metallic n& #x27;did not wish to take an active part in the hearings on Tuesday morning. As has been the case many times in the past, he was present in his cell at the New Carlisle Detention Center, where he could virtually see and hear what was happening in court.

On Monday, the Crown presented a one-hour plea to convince the jury of Brandon Metallic's guilt. The accused, who was not present in court, did not wish to present a plea.

In total, 22 witnesses were called to the stand before the prosecution declared its case closed.

The accused, who represents himself, has waived all defense. He chose not to present a witness or testify.

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