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Man acquitted as Nelson jury trial cut short

Evidence tossed out in drug case

A man was acquitted of drug charges last week in a Nelson jury trial without the jury hearing any evidence.

Jesse Lamoureux pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one of possession for the purpose of trafficking after his arrest Aug. 14, 2017 in the Salmo area.

Justice Mark McEwen and a 12-member jury were expected to hear testimony for four days begining last Wednesday.

However, defence counsel Don White applied to exclude evidence. A voir dire was held without the jury present to hear the motion, which the judge granted.

With the evidence tossed, an acquittal was registered and the jury was excused.

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