January 19th, 2018

Lac-Megantic jurors to deliberate for fourth day Sunday


By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2018.

Manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, right, and his wife, Danielle Champagne, are followed by rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, left, as they leave the courthouse after the second day of jury deliberations, Friday, January 12, 2018 in 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. 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 for a fourth day Sunday after failing to reach a verdict Saturday.

Day 3 of deliberations passed without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors.

The jury is deciding 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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