Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Man Found Guilty a 2nd Time for Killing Boyfriend after HIV Confession

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Man Found Guilty a 2nd Time for Killing Boyfriend after HIV Confession

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Man guilty of killing boyfriend over HIV confession

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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man has been convicted of killing of his boyfriend after learning he was HIV positive.

Michael Pearce, who is 47, was found guilty of manslaughter Tuesday and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old Stuart Mark was found dead in his home in January 2007.

Court heard Mark suffered 58 blunt force injuries and at least one stab wound, consistent with a golf club.

The Crown argued Pearce knew specific details about the weapon used to kill Mark and the exact location his body, saying it was information only the killer would know.

Judge Chris Martin told court that he could not ignore that evidence, adding Pearce killed his boyfriend in a fit of rage because Mark did not tell Pearce he was HIV positive until after they had unprotected sex. …

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