9:30 a.m., Dec. 22)
proceedings continue to drag on as accused murderer of
local man postpones bail hearing
By Fred Sherwin
Wassill was stabbed in the neck on May 15
while trying to shelter a female friend from
her enraged ex-boyfriend in his family's Queenswood
Heights home. He died of his injuries eight
days later. Facebook photo
been nine months since former Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School student Michael Wassill was stabbed to death in
his family's Queenswood Heights home while trying to protect
a friend from her enraged ex-boyfriend.
the Wassill family it has been as if time itself has stood
still as they await the trial of the man responsible for
Morin, 21, was arrested within hours of breaking into
Wassill's Fernleaf Crescent home where Michael grew up
with his parents and two sisters. Morin faces first degree
murder charges which come with a mandatory sentence of
life in prison.
several delays Morin's bail hearing was supposed to be
held on Thursday. Wassill's mother Betty Ann and older
sister Sarah, 26, took time off to witness the proceedings
along with his uncle Paul Champ and Champ's wife. Unfortunately
it was all a waste of time as Morin's lawyer asked and
received another stay on the grounds that they need more
time to review evidence submitted by the Crown.
pretty wrenching for all of us to go through this,
Champ told the Ottawa Citizen after the hearing.
He said the family olny learned Morins lawyer would
seek to adjourn the bail hearing, the previous night.
the brief proceeding on Thursday, Wassill's family member
sat just metres away from Morin who was brought into the
prisoner's box. It was only the second time that they
saw Morin since Wassill's death.
next step in the court proceedings will be yet another
hearing on Jan. 10 when the Crown will seek to set a pre-trial
date, which may or may not happen. Under the best case
scenario the judicial pretrial could take place this spring,
with the actual trial likely to take place next fall.
the trial takes place it couldn't happen soon enough for
the Wassills who are still seeking some sense of closure
in Michael's senseless death.
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