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Preliminary Trial, Week Three: The Murder of Wesley Hallam
Steffanie Petroni-Date for local2 sault ste. marie
October 12th, 2012 at 10:23am
At the end of the third week of witness testimonies, the preliminary hearing into the horrific murder of Wesley Hallam, 29 yrs., approaches the halfway point in the seven week trial anticipated to conclude on November 9th, 2012. The macabre beheading and dismemberment of the young man was the first of four homicides committed in Sault Ste. Marie during 2011, all occurring within the downtown district (Division 2).
Often observed grinning behind their hands or quite candidly over the past weeks, the prisoners presented a slightly more somber demeanor on Thursday. 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 remains. Hallam’s decapitated and dismembered body was discovered at the bottom of an embankment running the length of Landslide Road on January 11th, 2011.
Security in the courtroom and outside of the courtroom remains beefed up with over half a dozen officers from the Emergency Services Unit on guard. As well, all members of the public are screened for metals and purses/bags are thoroughly searched.
The Defense and Crown have been meticulous in divining out every last point in testimonies and exploring every angle on its side, upside down and inside out. Every detail is wrung out until it has nothing left to give. It is no wonder that every so often both counsels become a little exasperated with one another.
Yet somehow, and in spite of having to bide out the frustrating legal minutiae and endure the distressing details surrounding the dreadful killing of their loved one, Wesley’s mother and sister have not missed a day in court. Their silent and strong presence is a testament to the enduring love they will always have for a son and a brother whose life was extinguished too soon, too tragically.