The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that five men accused of murdering Raymond Ellis in 2005 will go back to trial.

The court ruled today it would not hear an appeal from the accused, who wanted the case thrown out.

Ellis, a 25-year-old graduate of Dawson College, was stabbed to death at a downtown Montreal bar six years ago in a case of mistaken identity.

The five men charged in his death were appealing the court's decision to hold a new trial, after the original trial was thrown out. The first trial faced delays and other issues involving the prosecution's star witness.

The problems eventually led to a stay of proceedings, effectively ending the trial and freeing the five accused.

The prosecution appealed that decision and a new trial was ordered.

That's the ruling the five men were appealing, but Thursday's decision means the trial will go ahead.