R. v. Ferris,  3 S.C.R. 756
Her Majesty The Queen Appellant
John Michael Ferris Respondent
Indexed as: R. v. Ferris
File No.: 23988.
1994: November 7.
Present: La Forest, L'Heureux‑Dubé, Sopinka, Gonthier, Cory, McLachlin and Major JJ.
on appeal from the court of appeal for alberta
Criminal law ‑‑ Evidence ‑‑ Prejudicial effect ‑‑ Accused overheard to say he had killed victim ‑‑ Trial judge admitting statement ‑‑ Accused convicted of second degree murder ‑‑ Court of Appeal ordering new trial ‑‑ Meaning of evidence so speculative and probative value so tenuous that it ought to have been excluded ‑‑ Crown's appeal dismissed.
APPEAL from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal (1994), 149 A.R. 1, 63 W.A.C. 1, 27 C.R. (4th) 141, setting aside the accused's conviction of second degree murder and ordering a new trial. Appeal dismissed.
Jack Watson, Q.C., for the appellant.
Mona T. Duckett, for the respondent.
The judgment of the Court was delivered orally by
Sopinka J. -- In our opinion, with respect to the evidence that the respondent was overheard to say "I killed David", if it had any relevance, by reason of the circumstances fully outlined by Conrad J.A., its meaning was so speculative and its probative value so tenuous that the trial judge ought to have excluded it on the ground its prejudicial effect overbore its probative value.
The appeal is therefore dismissed.
Solicitor for the appellant: Jack Watson, Edmonton.
Solicitors for the respondent: Royal, McCrum, Duckett & Glancy, Edmonton.