By Chris Cobb
OTTAWA — The jury in the trial of former Mountie Kevin Gregson has found him guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Ottawa police Const. Eric Czapnik.
Justice Douglas Rutherford completed his charge to the jury Tuesday morning and the verdict came down hours later at 9 p.m. ET.
Gregson stabbed Czapnik to death in a parking lot of the Civic campus of the Ottawa hospital during the frigid early morning of Dec. 29, 2009, after a struggle for the officer’s gun.
Czapnik, a father of four, was 51 and the oldest recruit in Ottawa police history.
Gregson has testified that he trained extensively with knives and repeatedly stabbed Czapnik in the neck in an instinctive reaction after the officer punched him in the face.
Rutherford recapped both the Crown and defence submissions to the jury, recalling the night of Czapnik’s death and Gregson’s…
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