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Hallam Murder: Preliminary Hearing Continues
Steffanie Petroni-Date for local2 sault ste. marie
October 4th, 2012 at 7:21pm | Last Updated October 5th, 2012 at 4:41pm
The preliminary hearing before Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell resumed Thursday, but the Judge quickly reminded media of the publication ban on the hearing.
Justice Bignell made mention of a online publication and article and said "This is clearly close to the line if not crossing it."
To comply with the publication ban Local2.ca has edited out any reference to possible evidence presented during the hearing.
Preliminary hearings into the murder of Wesley Hallam are scheduled to November 9th, 2012.
The fifth witness, still a boy, took the stand Wednesday to testify while choking back sobs while responding to the Crown’s questioning.
Assistant Crown Attorney, Kelly Weeks, noting the boy’s distress suggested a break to allow the young witness to catch his breath and restore his strength. The ten minute respite additionally provided an opportunity for Wesley Hallam’s mother and sister to steel their composure in preparation for the painful testimony to come.
The break also allowed Eric Mearow to taunt one of the officers in the room. Mearow bequeathed the officer with a royal wave and huge grin. When the officer questioned the action Mearow snarled.
Defense Counsel quickly intervened and all five of the Emergency Services Unit officers hastened into position. Defense Counsel, Stephanie Giuseppe, diffused the situation and Mearow was behaved for the short remainder of the day.
Upon resuming court proceedings the young witness took the stand again and immediately broke into tears. The Crown completed their examination and the witness provided his responses with a cracked voice and through his broken sobs. The Defense Counsel, appreciating the obvious distress of the youth, deferred their cross-examination until tomorrow morning.
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- just at the top of Gore St.