The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases for Murder & Manslaughter Offences

Cases in 2020

  • R. v. Y.L.2020

    The client was charged with first degree murder and three counts of accessory after the fact. Because the crown chose to direct indict on the matter, it proceeded directly to Queen's Bench. The client entered a not guilty plea and dates for a judge and jury trial were set. Prior to trial commencing, there were two weeks of pre-trial motions. At the end of these motions, much of the evidence pertaining to the client was excluded, ensuring that it would not be heard by the jury. At the end of the trial, the jury came back with a guilty verdict on all four counts. The matter was adjourned for sentencing. When the judge gave his decision, the client received an automatic life sentence with parole eligibility in 25 years on the first degree murder charge, then a global sentence of 7 years for the three accessory after the fact charges (less 1296 days of pre-trial custody). The crown also sought ancillary orders regarding DNA and weapons prohibitions.

  • R. v. Y.L.2020

    The client was charged with first degree murder and three counts of accessory after the fact. Because the crown chose to direct indict on the matter, it proceeded directly to Queen's Bench. The client entered a not guilty plea and dates for a judge and jury trial were set. Prior to trial commencing, there were two weeks of pre-trial motions. At the end of these motions, much of the evidence pertaining to the client was excluded, ensuring that it would not be heard by the jury. At the end of the trial, the jury came back with a guilty verdict on all four counts. The matter was adjourned for sentencing. When the judge gave his decision, the client received an automatic life sentence with parole eligibility in 25 years on the first degree murder charge, then a global sentence of 7 years for the three accessory after the fact charges (less 1296 days of pre-trial custody). The crown also sought ancillary orders regarding DNA and weapons prohibitions.

Cases in 2018

  • R. v. L.M.2018

    The client was charged with second degree murder. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. The crown agreed to a plea to the lesser included office of manslaughter. The client was sentenced to 11 years in custody. A DNA order and weapons prohibition order were put in place, and a victim fine surcharge was imposed.

Cases in 2015

  • R. v. J.S.2015

    The client was charged with aggravated assault, attempted murder, and several other Criminal Code offences. Ms. Karpa negotiated to have the matter resolved and the attempted murder charge was withdrawn/dropped.

  • R. v. D.C.2015

    The client was charged with manslaughter. Ms. Karpa secured her client'’s release on bail pending a trial of the matter.