December verdict is expected in child-killing
Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009
A verdict will be handed down in December in the second trial of a Zeballos man accused of killing a 13-year-old there in 2004.
The second-degree murder trial for George Osmond, 26, accused of killing Kayla John, went for about two weeks in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo and heard from police and civilian witnesses, including a now-retired forensic identification officer, family members and those who knew both John and Osmond. Testimony at times was highly emotional.
Osmond did not take the stand. The trial was heard without a jury in front of Justice Bruce Josephson. This is the second trial for Osmond. The Court of Appeal for B.C. ordered a new trial after it concluded that due to problems in providing a legal aid lawyer after his arrest his rights had been breached.