Do you remember what you were doing in 1990? Many people probably do not and would agree that was a long time ago. This was likely the case for a 61-year-old Toronto man who was recently arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The man is accused of stabbing a 38-year-old man to death in 1990, in the course of a robbery, while the deceased worked at a gas bar.
After a passage of time some crimes can no longer be charged, even if the evidence against a suspect is strong. Murder is not one of those crimes. This is why, after 25 years, an arrest was made in connection with the murder
. According to investigators, updates in technology applied to the re-examination of fingerprints and crime-scene DNA that initially was not helpful but nonetheless stored away was the catalyst for the arrest.
The second look was part of a program Toronto law enforcement recently put into place. Called Toronto Police’s Project Never Give Up, the program is the result of a recent internal review. Its goal is to reduce the unsolved homicides deemed cold cases.
In the best of circumstances it can be difficult to defend against a criminal accusation. This may be particularly true after the passage of time when witnesses, alibis and many forms of physical evidence that could be used to build a case, have faded into the past. In this situation it is even more important that someone accused of a crime contacts a criminal defence lawyer for help.