Ac­quit­tal and con­vic­tion in Saska­toon holdup

Medicine Hat News - - WEST-NATION -

SASKA­TOON Af­ter three days of de­lib­er­a­tions, a jury in Saska­toon has found a man charged in a fa­tal stab­bing dur­ing a holdup not guilty of man­slaugh­ter.

But the panel still found Keith Napope guilty of rob­bery when it re­turned to court Thurs­day af­ter 25 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions that fol­lowed seven days of tes­ti­mony.

Napope was charged nine months af­ter Johnathon Keenatch-La­fond died in Novem­ber 2014 in what the Crown called a rob­bery gone wrong.

The vic­tim’s nephew tes­ti­fied he saw Napope at a hos­pi­tal some­time af­ter the rob­bery and rec­og­nized him as one of the men who burst into his un­cle’s suite.

But court heard dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion that when the nephew was ini­tially in­ter­viewed by po­lice, he said he didn’t see any­one’s face.

Sen­tenc­ing ar­gu­ments on the rob­bery con­vic­tion will be heard Oct. 13.

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