Judge Acquits Prince Albert Murder Suspect

Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 16:02



A judge in Prince Albert has found 43-year-old Elaine Bird not guilty in the murder of a man from Sandy Bay.


The verdict was handed down this morning and saw members of the victim’s family leaving the courthouse visibly upset.


Bird, a resident of the city’s West Flat district, was charged in the spring of 2003 after the body of 27-year-old Zachius Daniels was discovered in her home.


He had been stabbed.


The judge presiding over the matter said the police department’s failure to locate the murder weapon or take samples of bloody cardboard found outside the home were just a few of the questions that went unanswered during the investigation.


Bird and her family left the courthouse without talking to reporters.


However, her lawyer believes the correct decision was made. Peter Abrametz, Jr. also says he’s hopeful the actual murderer will someday be found.


The trial took place over the past eight days at Court of Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert.


It had been under a media ban until today.