Ontario court rejects acquittal of Hamilton-area man found not guilty of 2nd-degree murder

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court has quashed the acquittal of a Hamilton-area homeowner who gunned down a would-be car thief.

The Court of Appeal ruling means that Peter Khill will have to stand trial again for second-degree murder.

A jury acquitted Khill in June 2018.

Khill had argued self-defence in shooting Jon Styres twice from a couple of metres distance.

He maintained his four years of training as an army reservist had kicked in when he grabbed a shotgun and went outside to confront Styres in 2016.

The Appeal Court said the trial judge made an error in instructing the jury.

More to come.

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