From Opinion 250:
"The Jury in the trial of Willie Pickton has reached a verdict.
Charged with the first degree murder of 6 women, the Jury has found the pig farmer not guilty of First Degree murder, but GUILTY of second degree murder in all six counts.
in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin and Brenda Wolfe.
Had Pickton been found Guilty of First degree murder, it would have meant an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years. Now that the verdict is of second degree murder, it is still a life sentence but there are options for parole eligibility.
Some members of the families are not happy with the verdict. Some screamed as the verdict was read. “There is a lot of anger” said one, “The families are devastated” said another.
The jury reached it’s verdict after more than nine days of deliberation, nearly a year since the jury had been selected on December 12th.
Pickton was arrested in February of 2002. The trial lasted 10 months., during that time, 128 witnesses testified in this case, 98 of them called by the Crown, 30 by the Defence.
Pickton faces a second endictment for the murder of 20 other women."
I couldn’t imagine being a juror for almost a year of my life listening to the testimony of 128 people.