Once convicted, the accused accomplice in a brutal stabbing death goes free
A brutal stabbing, a young man, and an accused killer. Today a court set the accused killer free, saying there was not enough evidence to uphold her 2007 conviction. The Vancouver Sun reports:
Katherine Quinn has been found not guilty of second-degree murder in her re-trial for the killing of 16-year-old Matthew Martins at a Surrey SkyTrain station in 2005.
Quinn was convicted in 2007 but won a new trial.
The B.C. Court of Appeal overturned Quinn's murder conviction in 2007, finding no evidence to support the Crown's allegation that the 27-year-old mother of three had supplied her boyfriend, Robert Forslund, with the beer bottle that he used to slash young Martins' throat. The appeal court also found the trial judge had erred in his charge to the jury.
Forslund was convicted of second-degree murder on April 14, 2007 and has not launched an appeal, but a new trial was ordered in Quinn's case. In her opening remarks, Crown prosecutor Wendy van Tongeren Harvey told Justice Wendy Baker that during the five-week trial that the critical issues will be Quinn's intent and involvement in the murder.