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Tori Stafford Murder Trial, Now In Its Eighth Week, Resumes With More Evidence

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ImageCredit to National Post – LONDON, Ont. — The trial of a man charged in the abduction, sexual assault and death of eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford resumes Wednesday with more evidence.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the disappearance of the Grade 3 student.

On Tuesday, the proceedings, now in their eighth week, were set aside to hear legal arguments. The content of those arguments is under an automatic publication ban until jurors begin their deliberations at the end of the trial.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the disappearance of the Grade 3 student.

Stafford was last seen with a woman outside her elementary school on April 8, 2009, in Woodstock Ont., just west of Toronto.

The girl’s remains were found on July 19, 2009, in a rural field near Mount Forest, Ont., about two hours away.

Rafferty’s ex-girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic, has admitted she lured the child for him. McClintic, 21, is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

The little girl died from blunt force trauma, likely caused by multiple strikes with a hammer. She was most likely killed the same day she was kidnapped.

It’s expected the Crown will be nearing the end of its case in the coming days. The defence will then present its evidence.

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