Mur­der trial be­gins anew

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News Staff The re-trial of a Lan­caster man whose 2009 se­cond-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion was over­turned in 2013 be­gan on Jan­uary 26 in Corn­wall.

Sébastien Bouchard, 39, had been found guilty in the death of Nadeau’s Point res­i­dent Bob Ni­chol­son, 47, in the early morn­ing hours of Dec. 5, 2005.

He was con­se­quently sen­tenced to life in prison with no chance of pa­role for 15 years.

How­ever, the On­tario Court of Ap­peal quashed Mr. Bouchard’s con­vic­tion in a 2-1 split de­ci­sion on Dec. 31, 2013.

Jus­tices David H. Do­herty and Peter Lauw­ers over­turned the de­ci­sion and or­dered a new trial af­ter rul­ing that the trial judge, Jus­tice Robert Pel­letier, mis­di­rected the jury re­gard­ing is­sues of mens rea – whether the de­fen­dant had guilty knowl­edge or in­tent to com­mit a crime – and about Mr. Bouchard’s de­fence of provo­ca­tion.

In mid-Oc­to­ber 2014, the Crown un­suc­cess­fully ap­pealed that de­ci­sion to the Supreme Court of Canada, en­sur­ing the new trial.

A Corn­wall court of­fi­cial told The News this past Novem­ber that the Bouchard pro­ceed­ings were sched­uled to last seven weeks, con­clud­ing around March 7.

A seven-man, five-woman jury for the re-trial was se­lected on Jan­uary 25 in Corn­wall.

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