Man facing retrial in killing of B.C. teen gets bail
Dustin Moir was serving a jail sentence for the 2005 murder of Chelsey Acorn
A man who will stand trial for the second time in the murder of a 14-year-old girl has been granted bail by a judge in Chilliwack.
Dustin Moir was serving a jail sentence for the murder of Chelsey Acorn in 2005, but a new trial was ordered earlier this year.
That happened days after Moir's 60-year-old father, Jesse Blue West, was also sentenced to first-degree murder in Acorn's death.
As part of his bail conditions, Moir will have to live with his wife in Chilliwack. He also can't have any contact with witnesses in the upcoming trial.
Moir was convicted in February 2010 of first-degree murder in connection with Acorn’s death near Hope, B.C.
But a B.C. Court of Appeal ruled this January that the trial judge erred in giving instructions to the jury about witness statements in Moir’s trial.
Hikers found Acorn’s remains in a shallow grave in a remote area just off the Coquihalla Highway in 2007. She had been reported missing from a group home in nearby Abbotsford in June 2005.
During the trial, West had told the court Acorn's death was accidental. He had said that in June 2005, he saw his son and Acorn having an argument, when Acorn suddenly fell over.
West told the court he took her pulse, and found that she was dead.