[QUOTE=bobnoorduyn;2361666]The Crown obviously did not meet the burden of proof that is required for a conviction of murder. Intent has to be proven beyond reasonable doubt. The trial judge screwed up using a no longer existent section of the CC. There were no bodies, it was a pretty tough row to hoe. I guess we'll have to see what sentencing brings.
In spite of all that it was just reported on Global National News that there is absolutely no doubt that Travis killed the victims. The judge should get his knuckles rapped for his error, but his error is apparently a moot point as far as the proof of the crime is concerned. I personally think the evidence is there for a first degree murder conviction.................which can be imposed for a murder committed during the commission of another crime (theft).
"The maximum penalty for manslaughter in Canada is life in prison. Canada does not have a death penalty. For manslaughter, there is no minimum sentence either, so it's anything from probation to life in prison."
Perhaps all is not lost in this case. If the judge has any gumption or moxie he can impose a life sentence. If the death penalty was still on the table, (but alas it's not) as that sentence could be taken off the table in exchange for disclosure of the location of the bodies!