In the News – Manslaughter Charge

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Toronto Criminal Lawyer – Nicholas Charitsis talks to media after his client, a 17-year-old boy, makes a first court appearance on a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of his 15-year-old pal, St. Aubyn Rodney. Credits:Chris Doucette/Toronto Sun

TORONTO — A 17-year-old boy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy earlier this week made a brief appearance in court Wednesday.

A firearm went off Monday in an apartment on troubled Turf Grassway, a government housing complex south of Jane St. and Finch Ave. W. and St. Aubyn Rodney, 15, was killed. “My client (and his co-accused) are just as devastated as the family of the victim,Toronto lawyer Nicholas Charitsis said after the two 17-year-olds he represents made court appearances wearing orange prison coveralls.

The three accused and Rodney, also known as Tubby, have been buddies since elementary school, he said. “These kids are all friends,” Charitsis said. “There was no gang rivalry here or anything like that.” Turf Grassway is known Bloods’ territory and there have been three murders at the complex since 1999.”At some point, a firearm was produced and the deceased was shot,” homicide Det. Mike Carbone said. The 17-year-olds can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, nor can the adult because naming him could identify them.

The victim can be named because his parents gave their consent. Carbone was unable to clarify why the teen accused of killing Rodney wasn’t charged with the more serious offence of murder. “At this point, the evidence has taken us towards the manslaughter,” Carbone said. “We feel confidant it’s a prosecution that we can pursue.”

The lawyer, Toronto Criminal Lawyer Nicholas Charitsis said he has so far been kept in the dark about the allegations but he suggested the lesser charge may mean the shooting was accidental. “I’m very shocked at this point in time that we have no information regarding the allegations,” Charitsis said, adding “the Crown does not have a synopsis and the police have not provided me with any details of the charges.”

The teen charged with manslaughter remains in custody and will appear in court again Feb. 20. His mom was in the courtroom as were numerous friends of the accused and the victim.

The other 17-year-old is charged with two counts of breach of recognizance and released on $2,000 bail to his mother. The 18-year-old is charged with one count of breach of recognizance and did not appear in court Monday.

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