A Nunavut man, Chris Bishop, will get a new trial after all on charges he murdered three people and attempted to murder two others.
Bishop, 27, was convicted in 2010 of three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The shootings occurred in Cambridge Bay six years ago.
The Nunavut Court of Appeal threw out Bishop's conviction in January and ordered a new trial. The prosecution service then appealed that decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the appeal’s now been dropped.
"At the conclusion of our review we determined that it's in the public interest to withdraw our Supreme Court appeal and hold a new trial,’ federal lawyer Croft Michaelson said.
Bishop has been in custody since 2007after he shot three people dead and wounded two others following a violent home invasion.
There was a lengthy trial. Bishop's lawyer said evidence heard at that time wrongly tainted his client's character. James Morton now has a second chance to prove Bishop’s actions were done in self defence.
"I'm glad we're proceeding in this fashion because the appeal itself, we were very confident in success but it certainly would have delayed matters by a fairly considerable period," Morton said.
A date has yet to be set for the new trial. Bishop will next appear in court in Iqaluit on July 25 for a bail application hearing.