January 23rd, 2018

Lac-Megantic jurors to deliberate Saturday after failing to reach verdict Friday


By The Canadian Press on January 12, 2018.

Rail Traffic Controller Richard Labrie waits outside the courtroom as the jury enters its second day of deliberations Friday, January 12, 2018 in Sherbrooke, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

SHERBROOKE, Que. – The jurors at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will deliberate Saturday after failing to reach a verdict Friday.

Day 2 of deliberations passed without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors.

The jury is determining the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, who are charged in connection with the July 2013 tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.

The three men pleaded not guilty.

Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.

All three can be found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people, while jurors have the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.

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