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7 years later, Kurtis Offered bail while awaiting Murder Verdict

Also in the courts, a man who had been behind bars for over seven years was offered some limited restitution while the wheels of justice moves slowly with his case. Twenty-three year old Kurtis Lamb,  who went on trial in August, 2016 for the murder of Justin Roches and has been on remand ever since. Though a decision has not been made, he was offered a bail set at $40,000 today by Justice Herbert Lord. In his submissions for bail to be granted, Lamb’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, said that Lamb has been in custody for about 7 years and 5 months and it is uncertain when the trial judge, Justice John Gonzalez, who has retired from the bench, will give his decision. Roches was shot and killed on August 3, 2011, at a basketball court at Gwen Lizarraga High School. At the trial, which was held in 2016, the main witness, Michael Meighan, testified that he saw when Lamb shot Roches. Before the shooting, Lamb and Meighan were involved in an altercation. According to the evidence, Lamb left and returned with a firearm and fired a shot at Meighan but it missed. Lamb then allegedly pointed the gun at Roches and shot him. The Crown was represented at the bail hearing by Crown Counsel Riis Cattouse who had objected to bail for Lamb on the ground that there had already been a trial and there will be a judgement. Cattouse was, however, unable to say when the judgment will be handed down.