Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Finds Accused in Cell Phone Stabbing Trial Guilty of Manslaughter

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Finds Accused in Cell Phone Stabbing Trial Guilty of Manslaughter

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Guilty verdict in cell phone stabbing

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SASKATOON - A man accused of stabbing another man to death over a phone SIM card has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Michael Robertson, 29, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Rocky Genereaux in the bedroom of a home in March 2015, but the jury convicted him instead of the lesser charge.

He had claimed he acted in self-defence because Genereaux was HIV-positive and came at him with a needle.

Crown prosecutor Jennifer Claxton-Viczko had argued Robertson was simply angry because his cell phone was vital to his ability to support himself by selling drugs while he was on the run from a halfway house in Calgary.

One of the officers who responded to the scene has testified that Genereaux was calm as he lifted his shirt to show his intestines hanging out of his wound, but soon laid down on a couch and start to drift in and out of consciousness.

He later died in hospital.

"It's not the verdict I was expecting, however, I believe that the proper procedures and rules of evidence were followed," Claxton-Viczko said outside the courthouse. …

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