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Thunder Bay man cleared of murder charge

A jury found Andre Wareham not guilty this morning.

Andre Wareham was found not guilty in the stabbing death of William Atkins

Andre Wareham said now that he's a free man, he's going to leave Thunder Bay. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

A jury found Andre Wareham not guilty this morning.

The Thunder Bay man was charged with second degree murder in the death of his neighbour in a Thunder Bay apartment building three years ago.

The jury decided  he was not guilty on the murder charge — and he was also cleared of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Wareham said he's relieved it's all over, he told CBC News reporter Jeff Walters.

He said it has been a tough three years since he was first arrested after  William Atkins was stabbed.

Wareham said nobody's a winner in this case, as both he and the Atkins family have been through a lot.

Defence Counsel Steven Hinkson said jury selection was a long process, as he and the Crown went through great lengths to ensure an impartial jury.

Wareham said now that he's a free man, he's going to leave Thunder Bay. He didn't say where he was going.

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