Cambridge Bay’s Chris Bishop’s retrial set for Sept. 8
A date has been set for a retrial for a Cambridge Bay man accused of killing three people and wounding two others, more than seven years ago.
Chris Bishop’s new judge-alone trial will begin Sept. 8.
Bishop was living in Cambridge Bay in 2007 when a group of men broke down the door to his home and entered. When it was over, three men were dead and two others were seriously wounded.
At his original trial held in 2010, a judge called it one of the most tragic incidents in Nunavut history; a night of hard drinking was followed by a violent home invasion and an explosion of gunfire.
Keith Atatahak, 28, and Kevin Komaksiut, 22, both of Cambridge Bay, and Dean Costa, 29, of Edmonton were killed. Injured were Logan Pigalak and Antoinette Bernhardt, Atatahak's common-law wife.
At the time, Bishop’s lawyers said it was self-defense. However, the jury decided it was murder, and convicted Bishop, then 24, on three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Bishop's lawyers appealed that last fall, arguing the testimony of one witness had unfairly tarnished his character.
In January of 2013, the Nunavut Court of Appeal threw out the original guilty verdict and ordered a new trial.