Student found not guilty of manslaughter in drug shooting
Abdulhamid Wehbe has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the 2010 drug shooting of Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi, who was 16 at the time.
Ghiasi was found dumped from a car on Booth Street south of Somerset Street West in December 2010, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Prosecutors alleged that a group including Wehbe never intended to pay for a purchase of six and a half pounds of marijuana.
Wehbe, now a 22-year-old university student studying law, testified in his own defence last month after a failed attempt to get his manslaughter charge dropped because Wehbe wasn't in the car at the time of the shooting.
At the time, Ontario Court Judge Hugh Fraser rejected the claims, saying the trial must continue.
Wehbe denied knowledge of slaying
"I didn't know what was going on," Wehbe testified last month. "After reading the newspaper [later], I realized someone had died. My life just spiraled out of control."
Wehbe did not have a previous criminal record, but it was his car where police found blood.
Justice Fraser said he believed some witnesses were lying on the stand and said there was conflicting testimony as to how many people were in the car when Ghiasi was shot.
"This was a trial where truth was a scarce commodity," said Fraser. But he said he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Wehbe had planned to commit armed robbery that lead to Ghiasi's death.
Wehbe was one of four people charged in the case.
Zakaria Dhournou pleaded guilty in 2011 to obstructing justice, and was sentenced to a year in prison plus time already served, three years of probation and a five-year firearm ban.
Khaled Wehbe, also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice.
Mohamed Wehbe, charged with second-degree murder, is still at large and is believed to have fled the country, boarding a plane for Syria days after the shooting.