Crown will not ap­peal ac­quit­tal in teen’s death

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WIN­NIPEG• Man­i­toba Jus­tice says the Crown will not ap­peal the ac­quit­tal of a man who was ac­cused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fon­taine.

The Crown says in a state­ment that only er­rors in law can be ap­pealed when some­one is found not guilty.

“Af­ter a crit­i­cal re­view … by the Man­i­toba Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice’s ap­peal unit and the Crown at­tor­neys who pros­e­cuted the case, it has been de­ter­mined there are no grounds to base a suc­cess­ful ap­peal,” says the state­ment re­leased Tues­day.

A jury found Ray­mond Cormier not guilty last month of sec­ond- de­gree mur­der in the Indige­nous girl’s death. Her body was pulled from Win­nipeg’s Red River eight days af­ter she dis­ap­peared in Au­gust 2014.

The Crown said it had ad­vised Tina’s fam­ily of the de­ci­sion.

Tina was raised by her great- aunt, Thelma Favel, from the Sag­keeng First Na­tion, 120 kilo­me­tres north­east of Win­nipeg. The teen left to visit her mother in Win­nipeg at the end of June 2014 and be­came an ex­ploited youth. Favel called Child and Fam­ily Ser­vices with con­cerns about Tina, who ran away re­peat­edly from a youth shel­ter and ho­tels where she was placed.

There was no DNA ev­i­dence link­ing Cormier to the teen and doc­tors who were called to tes­tify at his trial said they could not defini­tively say how Tina died.

A pathol­o­gist tes­ti­fied that her death was sus­pi­cious be­cause of the man­ner in which her body was found.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Sup­port­ers Tina Fon­taine’s great-aunt protested in Win­nipeg the day af­ter the not guilty ver­dict.

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