For­mer pas­tor con­victed in death to get new trial

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A for­mer pas­tor con­victed of man­slaugh­ter in the drown­ing death of his preg­nant wife at their Toronto home has been granted a new trial. In a de­ci­sion re­leased Fri­day, the Court of Ap­peal for On­tario said Philip Gran­dine should be re­tried on a charge of man­slaugh­ter.

The court found the trial judge’s an­swer to a ques­tion from the jury “in­tro­duced an un­law­ful act not pre­vi­ously con­tem­plated or dealt with dur­ing the trial” and “ma­te­ri­ally com­pro­mised trial fair­ness.” Gran­dine’s wife, Anna Karissa Gran­dine, 29, was found in the bath­tub of their bun­ga­low in Oc­to­ber 2011 and he was ar­rested six months later and charged with first-de­gree mur­der. Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports found a seda­tive in his wife’s sys­tem which had not been pre­scribed to her.

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