R.C.’s convictions for the Bolsa murders *Mr. Big*
SENTENCING ADJOURNMENT FOR R.C.M. BASED ON NEW EVIDENCE
R.C.M’s convictions for the Bolsa murders were challenged after defence lawyers Greg Dunn and Tonii K Roulston received statements from a Crown witness confessing to all three killing. Dunn and Roulston were granted a delay based on late disclosure of the statements by the Court of Queen’s Bench after providing a part of the transcripts of the witness’s video admission. R.C.M. was convicted of first and second degree murder and his sentencing hearing was approaching when Crown prosecutors received the statements from the witness. Dunn and Roulston are seeking a mistrial or a stay of proceedings.
R.C.M’S DEFENCE COUNSEL TO MAKE MISTRIAL APPLICATION
R.C.M’s, convicted of triple-homicide, will be making an application to declare a mistrial through defence lawyers Greg Dunn and Tonii Roulston. Defence counsel Andrea Urquhart appeared on behalf of Dunn and Roulston, informing the Court of Queen’s Bench that there was new evidence about a Crown witness’s confession to all three murders. Crown counsel informed the court that they were unaware of the new evidence until recently.
JURY SELECTION FOR R.C.M’s TRIAL
A jury was chosen to hear a five week trial for R.C.M. who was charged with the triple homicide at the Bolsa restaurant. Defence lawyers Greg Dunn and Tonii Roulston were permitted to ask four questions from each potential jury member, and questions included inquiry about whether they had heard or read about the murders. Eight men and four women out of more than 80 prospects were chosen.
R.C.M. GRANTED BAIL ON MURDER CHARGES
Bail was granted to R.C.M., charged with the triple murders on New Years at Bolsa Vietnamese restaurant. The bail release was granted less than a week after he was charged. Alberta Justice Minister and Calgary Police Services are lobbying for a reverse onus on bail which would require individuals to prove why they should be released instead of the Crown proving why they should be denied a bail release. R.C.M’s defence counsel, Tonii Roulston stated that bails aren’t decided willy nilly; they can take up to two days or more in serious offences and follow guidelines set by legislatures. Roulston continued that she finds it inappropriate to chastise or imply that the deciding Judges aren’t putting serious consideration into releases.
MR BIG’S EFFECT ON R.C.M. CASE
Defence lawyer for R.C.M., charged with the murders at Bolsa Vietnamese restaurant, says that the new Supreme Court decision about Mr Big operations will have a large impact on R.C.M.’s upcoming trial. That decision ruled that confessions born out of Mr Big operations can be unreliable and are open to abuse, putting new restrictions on the operations. R.C.M. was recorded giving a confession, and defence counsel Tonii Rouston said that the new ruling would play a role in his re-trial. Roulston remarked that it is a problem for the justice system that juries and judges hear confessions that they believe first and conduct an analysis of the actual evidence later.
R.C.M. GETS BAIL ON BREACHES
R.C.M. is alleged to be behind a planned gang hit that resulted in three deceased victims. Police believe the crime to be associated with the feud between FK and the FOB gang. R.C.M. was facing 26 charges, of which 23 were weapons related, and on those charges he was released after his arrest. He has since been charged with breaching court orders, and his defence lawyer Tonii Roulston said that she will be pursuing bail release given that the new allegations are simple. Roulston remarked that bail should always be considered, and that R.C.M was presumed innocent.