Judge to conclude jury instructions in Toronto streetcar shooting case

TORONTO - A judge is expected to conclude his instructions today to the jury hearing the case of a Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of a teen on an empty streetcar.

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Superior Court Justice Edward Then has spent the last two days carefully reviewing evidence and legal defences in the trial of Const. James Forcillo.

He has instructed jurors who will decide the case to consider all the evidence with an open mind and treat Forcillo's own testimony at the trial as they would anyone else's.

Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

Crown prosecutors argue Forcillo's actions weren't necessary or reasonable, but his lawyer contends the officer's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence.

The jury has heard that on a night in July 2013, Yatim had taken the drug ecstasy before boarding a streetcar where he pulled out a small knife, sparking a panicked exodus.


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