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Thu Nov 16, 2023, 06:34 PM Nov 2023

Canadian man convicted of murder for killing 4 Muslim family members with his pickup

Source: Associated Press

Canadian man convicted of murder for killing 4 Muslim family members with his pickup

Updated 3:35 PM EST, November 16, 2023

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man was found guilty Thursday of four counts of first-degree murder for deliberately using his pickup to kill four members of a Muslim family two years ago.

The jury also convicted Nathaniel Veltman, 22, guilty of one count of attempted murder for injuring a fifth family member in the incident in London, Ont.

Veltman, who had pleaded not guilty, quietly looked straight ahead as the verdict was delivered after the jury deliberated for roughly five hours. Members of the Muslim community hugged relatives of the victims in the courtroom.

Prosecutors argued that Veltman purposely ran his truck into the Afzaal family while they were out for a walk on June 6, 2021, to intimidate Muslims into leaving Canada. The defense sought to show he wasn’t criminally liable because of the mental health problems.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/canada-muslim-family-murder-verdict-363dd18ba112f7db26d36b42477b08a6

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