Nfld. & Labrador

Verdict unlikely today in Al Potter murder trial

The 12-person jury is into a second day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Al Potter, accused in the stabbing death of Dale Porter in 2014.

The 12-person jury was sequestered Tuesday afternoon in 1st-degree murder case

Al Potter appears at Supreme Court hours before the jury at his first-degree murder trial was sequestered to deliberate his future. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

It's unlikely the 12-person jury deliberating in Al Potter's first-degree murder trial will return with a verdict by Wednesday,

Justice Garrett Handrigan instructed the jury on Tuesday afternoon, before sequestering them around 1 p.m. to start their deliberations.

Later that afternoon, the jury requested to listen back to some of what Potter said when he took the stand in his defence during the course of two days last week.

However, they were told they would have to listen to his testimony in its entirety. 

The jury deliberates the case at Supreme Court during the day and are taken to a hotel at night. They are not allowed to discuss the case with anyone aside from when all 12 of them are together in a room.

The jury sat in the courtroom for a month hearing evidence against Potter, including DNA evidence analysis, an elaborate undercover RCMP sting, and testimony from two fellow Vikings motorcycle club members turned police-paid agents.

Dale Porter was 39 years old when he was killed. He had a 14-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter at the time of his death. (Family photo )

Potter took the stand for two days during the four-week trial, admitting to the stabbing but claiming self-defence.

Porter, 39, was found with 17 stab wounds, four cuts and bruising, at the bottom of his driveway in North River, Conception Bay North, in the early morning of June 29, 2014.

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Ariana Kelland


Ariana Kelland is a reporter with the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador bureau in St. John's.