Jurors begin deliberations in Brett Wiese murder retrial
Jurors began deliberations late Wednesday in the retrial of murder suspect [accused] in the stabbing death of University of Calgary student Brett Wiese.
Justice Robert Hall, in lengthy final instructions to the five-man, seven-woman jury, which ended shortly before suppertime, said they could reach one of five possible verdicts.
The Court of Queen’s Bench judge said jurors would first have to consider whether Harkes was acting in self-defence when he repeatedly stabbed Wiese after storming a winding-down house party.
Hall said it was the defence theory that [accused] only pulled out a knife and stabbed Wiese when he became trapped in the residence after he and a group stormed the home.
Defence counsel Tonii Roulston had argued [accused] had no intention of killing Wiese and stopped stabbing the victim and another man in the home when he was given an opportunity to leave.