Excerpts from Chris Morris–Legislature Bureau—Nov. 9, 2016
Jean-Claude Savoie found not guilty in case of young brothers being killed by python
CAMPBELLTON- Jean-Claude Savoie,whose large and aggressive African rock python killed 2 little boys on Aug. 5, 2013 .has been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing death. The 11-member jury delivered its verdict on Wednesday after deliberations for 5 hours.
Savoie’s immediate reaction was tears as he cried with family members.
The verdict follows an 8-day trial during which the jury heard often disturbing testimony about terrifying attack on 2 small boys by what was described as a “mean” and “crazy” python.
The deaths of the children in such a bizarre and horrific manner created headlines around the world when it happened in 2013, and it remains a sensitive issue in this northern New Brunswick community.