Jury is out in Rafferty trial
hackney, Ont. After a long and emotionally wrenching trial, The fate of accused child murderer
Michael Rafferty elevates the jury hands.
"You can only imagine how any of us would be feeling in his incident, Rafferty lawyer Dirk
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It marks the beginning of the final chapter in the 10 week trial of Rafferty, charged with first
degree murder, Kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm in the April 2009 disappearance and
death of eight year old Tori Stafford of Woodstock, Ont.
"No jury will be in a better position to choose something than you are right now, The tell
Heeney gave the jury three "Decision trees visual guides to the choices they should be make to
reach verdicts on the charges facing Rafferty.
Rafferty, 31 has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him involving Tori, Who vanished on her
way home from practice.
Rafferty former ex-girlfriend, Terri Lynne McClintic, 21, Pleaded guilty to first degree murder in
the Tori death and is serving a life heading.
Heeney said the jury should find Rafferty guilty if he or she decide, Beyond a reasonable doubt,
That he killed Tori or he "made it simpler for and abetted" In the killing.
If they can decide if the killing was "Planned or prepared, turning it into a first degree
murder, The judge said they have alternative.
The Criminal Code also provides for a "advantageous" First degree murder conviction, If
the victim is killed on top of a kidnapping or sexual assault.
Heeney cautioned the crimes must be portion of the same series of events.
He also told jurors an argument McClintic gave to police on May 24, 2009, could be as evidence.
In that fact, McClintic said Rafferty dealt the hammer blows and kicks that slaughtered Tori.
She later changed her story and claimed at Rafferty trial that she killed Tori, Explaining she
couldn accept for a short time that she was the murderer.
The Crown contended she changed her story to avoid needing to testify at Rafferty trial.
Heeney said the jury can decide which version is true.
He also noted evidence that Rafferty had a number of girlfriends he met on online dating sites,
Warning jurors not to assume Rafferty is guilty because of overall bad character.