George Roswell Osmond murder retrial/More info

 George Roswell Osmond arrest, May 14, 2005 Courtenay RCMP

  Kayla John, 13,  murdered by Osmond, found " beaten, strangled, stabbed" "Some evidence of sexual injury was also present".

She was found in a shallow grave under a pile of debris (logs) near her home April 27, 2004.

More info and background on this case in blogs here.  Not enough in the news on the case and conviction of Osmond who has been granted a retrial after he ADMITTED to murdering Kayla John.  A decision in his "retrial" by Judge alone in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada is expected on December 11, 2009 according to:,%202009.pdf

Old wounds

opened wide

By Debora Steel

Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter


—Colleen John and her

extended family are caught between two

worlds: A cultural one in which the elders

have told them to dry their tears and

put down the heavy burden of grief, and

a world in which the justice system does

not allow them any peace.

Colleen, the mother of the slain Kayla

John of Ehattesaht, was forced back to

court in September to relive the horrible

tragedy of her 13-year-old daughter’s


On Oct 5, surrounded by family and

supporters from the Nuu-chah-nulth

community, Colleen sat outside the

room in which a judge was hearing closing

arguments in the first-degree murder

and sexual assault trial of George

Roswell Osmond.

Colleen wept openly, overwhelmed by

sadness and sleeplessness and misplaced

guilt. “I can’t think,” she told Ha-Shilth-

Sa. “My whole body hurts.”

Thinking that the sad chapter had been

closed back in 2005, when Osmond had

been found guilty of the crime and sentenced

to life without parole for 25

years, Kayla’s family planned for the

traditional ceremony that would officially

set aside their pain. A potlatch was

held in April 2008 to dry the family’s

tears. They even talked about forgiveness,

not willing to allow bitterness to

enter their hearts.

But then the John family learned that

the BC Court of Appeal had granted

Osmond a second trial, which began

Sept. 23. A recent unanimous decision

by the court said the man had been

denied his right to consult a lawyer

when interrogated during the police

investigation in May of 2005, more than

one year after Kayla’s death.

The court said the standard two- to

four-minute call allowed to Osmond by

police was insufficient, and “put against

a skilled interrogator lawfully entitled to

persuade him to ignore the lawyer’s

advice,” wrote Justice Ian Donald for

the Court of Appeal. “[Osmond] was

hopelessly outmatched.”

Natalie Jack of Kyuquot was among

those lending their support to the John

family. She gave a rose to each person

who attended court Oct. 5, just as she

had during the first trial.

(continued from link on page 5)

Family and friends gather at court to show support

Continued from page 1.

“Roses are beautiful,” she said, and

they signified how beautiful Kayla was.

Jack said Kayla used to visit Kyuquot

with Velina Vincent (a grandmother in


Quu%us way) and remembered Kayla

as a carefree young girl.

Pink and blue lapel ribbons were also

distributed, made by Kayla’s cousin who

has waged a small campaign against violence

in the first nation community at

Zeballos. Pink and blue were Kayla’s

favorite colors.

Kayla was a unique youngster, said

Vincent. She was “totally against” drinking

and drugs and went to her faith to

find answers to any problems in life. Her

friend Sara said Kayla attended

Esperanza Christian Camp and was a

youth councilor in training. Even though

they said Kayla was too young for the

training, Sara convinced organizers that

Kayla was ready. At a family treatment

centre, Kayla gave her life to the Lord,

Sara said. A youth centre at Ehattes has

since been named in Kayla’s memory.

Kayla’s dreams included building a

healthy community, where rifts between

community members could be mended,

Vincent said, who describes Kayla as a

good role model who befriended the little

ones in the community. When he was

only three, Vincent’s son would call

Kayla “Princess.”

Though just in Grade 7, Kayla also

dreamed of the day she would graduate

high school, and had even picked out her

graduation dress. She wanted to wear

pink. The family bought the dress for

Kayla to wear for her journey to sit at

the Creator’s feet.

Kayla’s father Simon wants his daughter

to remembered for the way she was

in the community, how she dealt with

life, her prayers and her words.

I pray. We all pray because we need

help and we just want to say “Hi”. You

can tell God anything you want to tell

him and he will try to solve your problems

and show you the good path, not the

bad. One day you will become a

Christian and you will be saying, I wish I

became one a long time ago, but I am

happy. I believe in him and trust in him

to solve all of my problems, she wrote.

Simon asked that Kayla’s memory not

be put aside.

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

President Cliff Atleo sat in the courthouse

gallery, which was filled with

other supporters. Atleo said he attended

in response to a plea made by Kayla’s

grandfather, Kelly John, at the tribal

council annual general assembly held

Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.

“We wanted to be here to just be with

the family…they are Nuu-chah-nulth

people… In our ways, when someone

asks you, you pay attention to that, especially

when they ask you in person. There

wasn’t any doubt that I would come here

this morning,” he said.

When asked if the large show of Nuuchah-

nulth support would have an impact

on the court, Atleo said, “If we make an

impression, I’m glad. I think we’re there

to support the judge to make the right

decision. I hope that it makes a positive

impression on the judge…. He’s bound

by a system.” A decision in the case is

expected Dec. 11.

Atleo said it was gratifying to him to

see that Kayla had not been forgotten.

Newly-elected tribal council Vice-

President Priscilla Sabbas was also in


“This is a really tragic event that happened

to one of our young people and

[the family needs] to know that we stand

behind them, yet again.”

Former vice-president Dr. Michelle

Corfield said in her final report at the

AGM that there is a lot of work to be

done in the protection of young people

in the Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

Sabbas said it’s important that everyone

be aware about the effort in this area

that is required.

“Our children are precious and we

need to watch over them. Our women

are important and they have a lot to offer

our community,” Sabbas said. “And it’s

about not just intervening, but it’s about

the prevention of it too. It’s about educating

people about how to prevent

things like this from happening ever


No one can know the depths of

despair of a mother who has lost her

child in such a brutal way. But Colleen

is grateful to the community that has rallied

around her.

“I love that support.

“People were there for us through the

whole trial… It brought peace to my

heart and happiness that they were there

for me.”

Colleen too said she wanted everyone

to “remember the kind of girl Kayla

was. How she still is in our hearts.”

Kayla Nicole Shyanne John, born Jan.

18, 1991 to Simon John and Colleen

John of Ehattis. Sister to Troy, Ashley,

Shaylene and Caleb.

(Family picture at link holding little Kayla John’s picture)

Photo captian reads:

On April 12 and 13, 2008, the Simon and Colleen John families celebrated the

life of daughter Kayla in Campbell River. In 2004, Kayla’s life was taken in a

horrific crime that rocked the small community of Zeballos. The families were

back in court in September and early October for a second trial to determine the

fate of the man accused in her death.

We applaud the efforts of The Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper and Debora Steel for reporting in this case. (Canada’s Oldest First Nation’s Newspaper since 1974.

We thank The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, Canada for contributing updated information as the mainstream media has ignored this case for the most part and those of us who have an interest in Justice for Kayla John, 13 MURDERED, have not been kept apprised of the new trial of George Roswell Osmond.

Let us pray that this killer’s DNA, found on his victim, Kayla John, will be enough? to convict George Roswell Osmond of Zeballos, British Columbia, Canada and sentence him to LIFE without parole (25 years in Canada, if you can believe that!)

Visit the Nuu-chah-nulth  website at:

for more on their language and culture.

We particularly wish to thank all those who attended the new trial court hearings Sept. 23, 2009 thru October 5, 2009, especially leaders of the Nu-chah-nulth

First Nation Leaders:

Assembly of First

Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo

Natalie Jack of Kyuquot (a rose back to you!)

and all of the family and supporters of the John Family as they endure this horrible retrial for George Osmond and seek JUSTICE for their murdered loved one, 

Kayla Nicole Shyanne John, born Jan.

18, 1991.

In Memory of Kayla John  member of Ehattesaht First Nation, Zabellos, British Columbia, Canada

A December 11, 2009 "decision is ecpected in the case".

Justice for Kayla John,

Katfirewoman Cares

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