John Gustafson and Brad Smith had big wins in BC Supreme Court in Prince George this year. They each acted for one of two brothers accused of first-degree murder of another man. John’s client was found not-guilty of first-degree murder and guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, while Brad’s client was found not-guilty of first-degree murder and guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Heavily reported in local media, the trial ran from October 2017 to February 2018 and involved more than 80 witnesses. This criminal law trial is not yet over though. Both clients await the judge’s sentencing decisions, scheduled for later this summer.
Murder trial experience
The three lawyers operating out of Nicola Law Group all have experience in defending clients against murder charges. In the event of co-accused defendants, because each lawyer is a separate law firm, Nicola Law Group uses a team approach without having to deal with some of the issues law firms have, such as conflict of interest between clients.