Leighton Hay hugs Phil Campbell while James Lockyer and others look on (Photo: Jesse Johnston)
Updated: November 28, 2014, 3:30 p.m. EST
On Friday, November 28, 2014, Leighton Hay was released after 12 ½ years in prison. He appeared in the Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Avenue, Toronto before the Honourable Justice J. McMahon this morning. The Crown announced the termination of his prosecution for first degree murder.
Mr. Hay was adopted by the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) on August 16, 2011 as a case of factual innocence.
On the night of Saturday, July 6, 2002, Collin Moore and his brother, Roger Moore, were hosting an event at a nightclub in Etobicoke. At 1:13 a.m., two men armed with handguns stormed into the nightclub. They shot Collin who died of his injuries; Roger was grazed on the forehead by one of the shots.
One of the gunmen, Gary Eunick, was recognized by some of those at the party. As Eunick fled, a witness got the licence plate of his car. He had borrowed Leighton Hay’s mother’s car. The police quickly traced the car and by 1:46 a.m. police were at the Hay home where the mother’s car was already back in the driveway.
After watching the house all night, the police entered the Hay home at 11:58 a.m. and arrested Gary Eunick who was inside for first degree murder. Leighton Hay was also there and was arrested too.
The Prosecution Case
The Crown’s case against Leighton Hay depended on witnesses from the nightclub who described the second gunman as having “two inch picky dreads”. One witness was shown a photo line-up which included Leighton and pointed to his photograph saying that he [...]