Family of beating victim awaits verdict in neo-nazi's trial
Jury debating second-degree murder charge in death of Calgarian Mark Mariani
The family of a Calgary man who was beaten to death in 2010 is anxiously awaiting a verdict in the second-degree murder case.
A jury of 11 began deliberations today in the trail of Robert Reitmeier. The a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is accused of killing Mark Mariani.
Mariani, 47, was beaten in an alley behind a northwest strip mall.
His brother Dino Mariani says the trial has been a bit of a blur for the family.
“We can't feel anything and I don’t know if we want to feel anything until afterwards — it's kind of a numb feeling.”
Mariani says he and his family are trying their best not to let the crime get the best of them.
“We're not going to let this kind of thing break us, because I think that it’s things like this that break people, and break societies,” he says.
“Maybe that’s why there is what there is in this world, because we let this kind of stuff in and we’re going to try not to do that.”
Friends and extended family have been an integral part of helping the family get through what has been a very hurtful trial, says Mariani.
“Without the support of the people that are there for us, I don’t know how we would have got through the last couple of weeks.”
Tyler Sturrup, Reitmeier’s friend, is already serving a life sentence for the crime after pleading guilty in March.
A conversation between the pair was caught on tape while they were in a Calgary arrest-processing unit:
Reitmeier: Yeah, they’re telling me second degree but …
Sturrup: Yeah, they always start off high.
Reitmeier: Yeah, (Indiscernible), right?
Sturrup: They always start off with the worst possible thing and fuckin’ it always gets knocked down a whole bunch.
Reitmeier: Yeah. Let’s hope it gets dropped down from 2nd second and goes to manslaughter.
There are three possible verdicts that could come back. Reitmeier could be found guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.
With files from CBC's Meghan Grant