Phillion murder charge dropped

 CBC News

Crown prosecutors have withdrawn a murder charge against Romeo Phillion, who spent 32 years behind bars for the 1967 stabbing death of an Ottawa firefighter, saying Thursday there was no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction.

Phillion was convicted in the death of Leopold Roy in 1972. Last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial.

The Appeals Court judge said previously unheard evidence, in particular information about Phillion’s alibi at the time of the crime, "could have left the jury in a state of reasonable doubt about the appellant’s guilt."

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