A judge has acquited a 39-year old Courtenay resident of manslaughter charges after the 2017 death of a resident in Courtenay.
Originally charged with the second-degree murder of 25-year old Troy Emmons, a judge found that Jonathan Billy acted in self-defence.
Emmons was stabbed to death in the early hours of June 30th, 2017, in a home at 551 6th Street.
“In this case, I think the system did really the fair thing,” criminal defence lawyer Jim Heller said.
“Jonathan Billy is a decent guy. and this is a terrible incident. But he acted in self-defence. And one day the judgement will be available to read, but he’s relieved, and I’m relieved.”