MAN AC­CUSED OF KILLING HOME INVADER HAS CHARGE DROPPED

The London Free Press - - CANADA -

A mur­der charge was dropped Thurs­day against a New­found­land man ac­cused of killing a home invader last year. Gil­bert Budgell was charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the shoot­ing of one of two masked men who en­tered his Bot­wood house in cen­tral New­found­land in April 2016. The man later died in hospi­tal. Crown pros­e­cu­tor Karen O’Reilly says the case — which in­cluded a sec­ond charge of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm — couldn’t go ahead with­out sat­is­fac­tory be­lief it could be proved beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

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