Jury to decide fate of neo-Nazi accused of killing Calgarian
Deliberations expected to begin Tuesday in Robert Reitmeier's 2nd-degree murder trial
A self-proclaimed white supremacist will soon learn his fate in the beating death of a 47-year-old Calgary man.
Both the Crown and defence rested their cases today in a Calgary courtroom in Robert Reitmeier's second-degree murder trial.
The 27-year-old is accused of beating Mark Mariani to death in 2010.
The police investigation had concluded that Mariani was beaten in the alley behind a strip mall at the corner of 16th Avenue and 15th Street N.W. before collapsing by his vehicle in a nearby parking lot.
Reitmeier's friend, Tyler Sturrup, is already serving a life sentence with no parole for 10 years after pleading guilty in March.
While Reitmeier's lawyer didn't call any evidence, he said in a closing statement to the jury that there is no direct evidence connecting his client to the murder scene.
"We don't convict people in this country based on guesses or surmises," said Norm Kelly.
Kelly also said the Crown hasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt that his client is guilty.
The court did hear intercepted phone calls between Reitmeier and Sturrup where they discussed concerns about police and media attention on the crime.
The court also viewed surveillance footage from nearby stores that shows a woman and two men entering and exiting a business near the crime scene the morning Mariani was killed. A Calgary detective identified the men as Reitmeier and Sturrup.
"Who you associate with doesn't make you guilty," said Kelly.
He told the jury to look beyond Reitmeier's affiliations because he is entitled to "fundamental protections embedded in the justice system."
The judge is expected to charge the jury, which will begin its deliberations Tuesday.
With files from CBC's Meghan Grant