FORMER SOLDIER TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER
9/8/2017 9:33:12 AM


The Crown has won its appeal of a case that saw an ex-soldier freed of a murder charge because his case took too long to get to trial. That means Adam Picard will stand trial in the killing of Fouad Nayel of Ottawa, who had been shot twice in the back and his body left in a wooded area near Calabogie in 2012. The Canadian Press is reporting that the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled it would be unfair to hold the Crown to new time limits set by the Supreme Court, since they came into effect long after Picard's case began. This comes after an Ontario Superior Court judge stayed the murder charge against the suspect last year, who was released after four years in custody. Under the new rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada last year, a case must go to trial within 18 months in provincial court and within 30 months in Superior Court, unless the Crown can prove the delays are reasonable. A date for his trial has not yet been set.
   

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