The several witnesses was enough for the

The attorney general of Ontario launched an appeal of Guy’s
acquittal on March 4, 1986. The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial on June 5,
1987, after agreeing with the Crowns claim that the judge for Guy’s original
trial made a mistake. The Crown claimed the judge was mistaken in directing the
jury the meaning of “reasonable doubt.” Guy appealed to the Supreme
Court of Canada, but his appeal was dismissed on November 9, 1988. Guy would
stand trial a second time. (Harland-Logan)

     Guy’s second
trial began on May 28, 1990, and would be the beginning of convicting an
innocent man. Evidence similar to the original trial was heard, such as the
hair and fibre evidence, as well as the testimonies of Guy’s cellmates, but
many witnesses who had not testified at the first trial gave testimony in this
one.. Many of their testimonies reflected Guy’s supposed guilty conscience of
his alleged murder of Christine Jessop. A police officer testified that Guy was
unconcerned with the disappearance of Christine, while a member of Guy’s band
testified his shock at how little Guy seemed to care about his missing
neighbour. Christines mother also testified, claiming she heard Guy screaming
“Help me, help me, oh God, help me,” after her daughter’s funeral.
The voice was frightened and desperate, indicating potential guilt and regret.
Despite little physical evidence, the testimonies of several witnesses was
enough for the Jury to convict Guy, who was found guilty of first degree murder
on July 30, 1992. (Harland-Logan)

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     Not all
believed Guy was guilty. After his conviction, an organization was formed to
help him prove his innocence, called the “Justice for Guy Paul Morin
Committee.” Guy was granted bail on February 9, 1993, with the help of
this organization, and together, planned to appeal Guy’s conviction. They
intended to win the appeal on the premise that the hair and fibre evidence, as
well as the testimonies of Guy’s cellmates, presented by the Crown were not
reliable or trustworthy, and therefore should not be enough for conviction.
However, another DNA test on the semen stain evidence found on Christine’s
underwear was made, and eventually removed the need to even think about the
testimonies and hair and fibre evidence. Previous attempts to get results
failed because DNA technology wasn’t advanced enough at the time, but with
almost a decade passing since the original crime occurred, the DNA test was
successful, and proved that the DNA evidence found at the crime scene did not
belong to Guy. As stated by the Crown prosecutor: “The evidence proves as
an indisputable scientific fact that Mr. Morin is not guilty of the first
degree murder of Christine Jessop, and should be acquitted


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