Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Sunday, 12.21.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 8  9  10  11  12  13  14
 15  16  17  18  19  20  21
 22  23  24  25  26  27  28
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Feb 26,2009
Charges dropped in killing seen on YouTube
by UPI

TORONTO - Murder charges were dropped against two men allegedly videotaped killing a Toronto teenager hanging out with friends near a mall, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Even though the surveillance video of 18-year-old Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim's killing was posted on YouTube by Toronto police hoping to draw leads, few people came forward to help police build a case, Joe Callaghn said.

Owen Anthony Smith, 36, and Wendell Damian Cuff, 26, were not in court to hear they were now free after 11 months in custody, due to a jail guards job action, The Toronto Star reported.

A two-camera security video shows two men in dark clothing briskly approaching Abdikarim and his friends outside a housing complex near the upscale Yorkdale Shopping Center around 10 p.m. March 14, 2008. One man fires six shots into the crowd.

Abdikiram, who police said had no gang links, was hit in the head. Five other males were wounded, officials said.

Smith, who police believed was the shooter, was arrested after a two-week manhunt.

"After a thorough and careful analysis of all the available evidence in this case, including the video footage, I have concluded that the evidence of the identity of the shooter and the evidence of the degree of participation of the second male are insufficient to pass the test at a preliminary inquiry," Callaghn told the Ontario Court of Justice.

"I am therefore of the view that there is not a reasonable prospect of conviction at this time. As such, I am asking that the charge against Mr. Cuff and Mr. Smith be noted as withdrawn by the Crown," he said.

Cuff and Smith were each charged with one count of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

571 times read

Related news
'Canada is nothing,' grieving dad says by UPI posted on Feb 27,2009

Dropped police corruption case draws anger by UPI posted on Feb 05,2008

Workers walk out at 2 Toronto jails by UPI posted on Jan 16,2008

Infant abandoned in freezing stairwell by UPI posted on Jan 31,2008

Charges filed in techno-voyeur case by UPI posted on Mar 31,2008

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 26 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?