SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- A jury found Adam Cyr guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the death of a two-year-old Regina girl.
The jurors deliberated for eight hours on Wednesday and early Thursday.
Cyr, 34, put his head in his hands and cried as the decision was announced. He had nothing to say as he was led to an RCMP van.
Amanda Trevors, the child’s mother, cried out and hugged family members. Throughout the trial she had carried a picture of her daughter, Natalia Shingoose, the victim.
The emotion-packed trial started Jan. 5. Court heard the girl died of blunt force trauma and suffered several injuries. She was found dead in her bedroom in June 2012
The Crown’s case was that Cyr assaulted the girl, whom he had been caring for, and she died as a result. The defence argued another man killed the child and Trevors was trying to protect him.
Cyr will be sentenced May 1. The sentence for second-degree murder is automatically life in prison with no eligibility for parole for at least 10 years.
The judge will set the eligibility period. The jury made no recommendation for it.
As the jurors left the courtroom, Trevors yelled “Thank you!” to them.
Outside court, defence lawyer Bob Hrycan told reporters the jury had convicted an innocent man. He said an appeal will be filed.
Trevors said she’s happy with the decision. The jury saw through the defence’s lies and allegations, she said.
Crown attorney Adam Breker said, “There were no admissions made and there were no eyewitnesses, so it was a challenging case.
“But we felt, certainly, that after a common-sense review of all the evidence that was available, that clearly Mr. Cyr was the one responsible for this.”