In June 1990, Elizabeth Bain, the girlfriend of 24-year old Robert Baltovich, a recent University of Toronto graduate, was murdered in Toronto. Her body has never been found, nor the weapon used to kill her. Two years later, Robert Baltovich was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. In March 2000, AIDWYC filed a defence brief at a bail hearing and argued that there was new evidence to suggest that Robert Baltovich was innocent. The bail hearing was successful and, after spending eight years in prison, Robert Baltovich was released pending the appeal of his conviction. In September 2004, Robert Baltovich’s appeal was heard. In December 2004, the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously quashed Robert Baltovich’s murder conviction. In 2005 a new trial was ordered. Jury selection proceeded and the trial began in April of 2008. However, on April 22, 2008, the Crown withdrew its case against him and he was acquitted by the jury.
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