Three accused in Hallam murder appear in courtWednesday, September 18, 2013 by: Steffanie Petroni
The preliminary hearing that was scheduled to conclude in the Crown’s case against Eric Mearow, Ronald Mitchell and Dylan Jocko has been held over until October 28 at 2 p.m.
The three co-accused were arrested in 2011 and charged with murder and indignity to a dead body.
Wesley Hallam’s decapitated and dismembered body was discovered in a deep ridge, close to Cold Water Creek, along Landslide Road on January 11, 2011.
In March 2011, Sault Ste. Marie Police concluded their search of a garbage dump in Dafter Michigan, just south of the Sault Michigan/ Sault Ontario border.
Parts of Wesley’s dismembered body were recovered at that site.
On Friday of last week all Counsel received information from the trial coordinator that stated Ontario Court Justice Andrew Buttazzoni was not in a position to complete his decision due to illness last week.
The three co-accused appeared via video remand in sequence.
Mearow looked somewhat agitated as he swayed back and forth, occasionally swinging his arms. Mitchell was quite subdued as was Jocko.
Defence Counsel, Ariel Herscovitch, stated, “All three have been in custody for slightly more than two years and we are eager to get to this decision quickly. We are agreeable to the twenty-eighth date but would have liked it earlier. We would have been available any time before that date and would have traveled to any jurisdiction for this.”