Closing arguments underway at second-degree murder trial of Hamilton-area homeowner

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HAMILTON — Closing arguments are underway at the trial of a Hamilton-area homeowner charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was allegedly trying to steal his truck.

Peter Khill admits that he shot Jon Styres, but has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, saying he acted in self defence, believing at the time that Styres was pointing a gun at him.

Khill’s lawyer, Jeffrey Manishen, says his client acted responsibly under the circumstances and should be acquitted.

Manishen says that although it turned out Styres did not have a gun, the law allows people defend themselves based on what they reasonably perceive to be a threat, whether or not that threat actually exists.

The case has garnered attention for similarities to a recent Saskatchewan case, in which white homeowner Gerald Stanley was acquitted of murdering Indigenous man Colten Boushie.

Manishen told the jury that race plays no part in the case, as Khill could not possibly have known Styres was Indigenous given how dark it was at the time of the shooting and how quickly events unfolded.

The Canadian Press


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