HAMILTON MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY IN SHOOTING DEATH OF INDIGENOUS MAN
Jun 27, 2018
By Bob Komsic
Peter Khill sighed as the verdict was read out in a Hamilton courtroom.
Family and friends of Jonathan Styres shook their heads and the mother of his children collapsed in tears and had to be carried out.
(Peters Khill, left, Jon Styres, right)
(Peter J. Thompson / National Post, Handout)
Khill was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting of Styres from Ohsweken on the Six Nations reserve.
Styres was killed in the driveway of Khill’s home where he’d broken into his truck.
The Crown called it a ”cruel, needless” killing that could have been avoided if Khill had simply called 911 from inside his home.
Khill’s lawyers argued it was ”reasonable” for their client to believe Styres had a gun because of the way he’d turned toward Khill with his arms rising.
The trial heard Styres was not armed.
Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill expressed ”shock and disappointment” at the verdict.
”Six Nations Elected Council once again calls on Canada to overhaul the criminal justice system that over-represents Indigenous people as victims and accused persons and chronically under-achieves justice,” writes Hill.