Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bulletin; Ronnie Munoz-Hernandez: Ontario; Following his mistrial on a charge of fatally injuring his girlfriend's 5-month-old son, both defence and crown counsel are asking for the trial to be continued on a judge alone basis; The defence argues that the infant's mother inflicted the injuries. Reporter Sam Pazanno; The Toronto Sun.

STORY: "Accused baby-sitter may go judge alone for murder retrial," by reporter Sam Pazzano, published by the Toronto Sun on February 19, 2014.

GIST: " The murder trial of a babysitter accused of killing his girlfriend’s infant son may be transformed into a judge-alone trial, the Toronto Sun has learned. Two weeks ago, a mistrial was declared in the second-degree murder trial of Ronny Munoz-Hernandez after a jury couldn’t reach an unanimous verdict. Justice Nola Garton declared the mistrial after the jurors sent their second note in two days of deliberations, saying they had reached an impasse in deciding whether Munoz-Hernandez caused the November 2010 death of Adriel Garcia. Crown attorney Laura Bird and defence lawyer Paula Rochman asked Garton Wednesday if she would continue the trial on a judge-alone basis, possibly in June after the judge reviewed transcripts of the evidence. Garton agreed, pending approval by the Ministry of the Attorney General to forego a second jury trial.........The Crown alleged that Da Silva left Munoz-Hernandez with a healthy baby and the next day the five-month-old boy was battling for his life. Rochman argued that Da Silva should be blamed for the injuries that ultimately killed her baby. In her closing address, Rochman blamed Da Silva, accusing the woman of lying to implicate her boyfriend to “save herself” from prosecution after originally lying to police that a babysitter named Clara was caring for her child that day. Lawyers for both sides will be back in court on March 24."

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