Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018. 10:12 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Norman Slusher, 28, who was accused of the May 2012 murder of Jason Canto, was acquitted of the charge yesterday.
Slusher appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury, who ruled that the Crown had failed to prove the element of ‘unlawful harm’.
According to reports, Slusher had given an oral statement, admitted as evidence, in which he confessed to going to the barbershop on West Canal street that night with a man named ‘Angel’ and fired shots. Since, however, it could not be determined which of the two, shot and killed Canto, the case fell apart.
The alleged target was businessman Jose Shoman, who gave a statement to police but could not be used as evidence because it was not signed by a Justice of the Peace. Canto, who was Shoman’s body guard, was shot and killed instead during the robbery gone bad. During the incident, Shoman also fired a shot which injured Slusher.
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