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Printer Debacle Stumps Defense Counsel

Steffanie Petroni-Date for local2 sault ste. marie
October 2nd, 2012 at 11:21pm


Day six of preliminary hearings to determine whether or not enough evidence exists in the grisly murder of Wesley Hallam to necessitate a trial kicked off this morning with a somewhat lengthy diatribe from the defense counsels who are experiencing a printing conundrum. Less than ideal printer access for the out of town defense, Ms. Morrow (Ronald Mitchell), and Ms. Giuseppe (Eric Mearow), has created challenges in preparing for court proceedings. The consequence of this quandary was a very lengthy morning break followed by a generous lunch respite to allow defense counsel to scurry up and down Queen Street in an attempt to resolve the printer fiasco.

The emotional drain into day two of interrogation was evident upon the face of perhaps the youngest witness involved in the evidentiary hearings. Very shortly into questioning, the youth dropped his head upon his arms which were folded and resting atop the front of the witness box. After he recovered his composure he lifted his wet face and refocused is red eyes upon Crown Attorney, Bill Johnson. Throughout the morning’s questioning he often requested ‘a minute’ to hold his breath, sip his water and draw on his nerve before continuing on with the gruelling questioning.

Questioning of the fourth witness continued through to the end of the day and will resume tomorrow morning. It is expected that the fifth witness possessing insight into the gory beheading and dismemberment of Wesley Hallam will be called to testify during Wednesday’s proceedings.

The atmosphere in the prisoner box remained good-humoured though visible attempts to conceal grinning were observed. Mearow, though appearing amused once in a while, spent most of the seven hour inquiry balancing on the back legs of his chair and pulling strands of his goatee between his lips with his eyes focused on the empty wall straight ahead.

Ronald Mitchell, 27, Eric Mearow, 27, and Dylan Jocko, 28, have been charged with first degree murder and being a party to indecently interfering with Hallam’s, 29, remains. Hallam’s decapitated and dismembered body was discovered in a deep ridge along Landslide Road on January 11th, 2011. It has been determined that Wesley Hallam was murdered January 7/8th 2011 during a house party at 30 Wellington St. East.

Six officers from SSM Police Emergency Services Unit secured the interior of courtroom and officers safeguarded entries into the courtroom on Tuesday.

The hearing before Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell resumes Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Preliminary hearings into the murder of Wesley Hallam are scheduled to November 9th, 2012.

A publication ban prohibits the reporting of any evidence procured during the preliminary hearings.


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