After a full day of deliberations, the jury in the Michael Rafferty trial have reach a verdict. The nine women and three men panel of jurors have deliberated past their designated 9pm cut-off to bring in the final word. The jury has spoken, Michael Rafferty has been convicted on all counts, first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping. A trial that has kept southwestern ontario riveted to the resolution of a three year journey since eight year old Tori Stafford went missing on her first walk home from school alone. Normally, the bubbly eight year old would be taken home by her older brother but on this special day, she had been allowed to take the short walk home by herself. But she would never arrive.
Abducted on her way home from school by a woman who lured her to the car and whisked away for the remaining, horrifying last hours of her life. justice for Tori has finally arrived.
The woman, Terri-Lynn McClintic pleaded guilty of first degree murder in her trial earlier this year, however Rafferty remained to be tried for his participated and planning of the abduction, sexual assault and murder of the youngster. McClintic, already serving her life sentence, was called as a witness in Rafferty’s trial. The defense spent much time attempting to discredit the eighteen year old who Rafferty elicited to help him with the abduction. The sentence carries an automatic life sentence.