October 17, 2013 - 3:29 PM
KELOWNA - Joelon "Joey" Verma has been found guilty of the first degree murder of Brittney Irving after a trial by judge and jury.
"We're free," Irving's mother, Sandra Irving, said following the decision. "I can't believe it. I'm a happy girl."
The 12-person jury deliberated for two and half days following Verma's trial. Brittney Irving went missing in April, 2010. The Crown presented almost no forensic evidence linking Verma to Irving's death during trial in Kelowna Supreme Court.
The court heard over the course of the trial that Irving was trying to broker marijuana, deliver it to Verma and get paid, but was shot in the back instead just off Philpott Road in a forested area.
The defence called no evidence during the case.
"I hope he rots in hell," Irving said when asked what she would like to say to Verma. "He shot her in the back. What kind of man's that?"
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Brittney Irving's older brother Joze Macculloch and her mother Sandra Irving leave the Kelowna court house following the guilty verdict Oct. 17, 2013. Irving feels free now that a jury has decided Joelon Verma is guilty of murdering her daughter.
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