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HomeNewsMurder charges withdrawn in case of teen shot and killed in Omemee

Murder charges withdrawn in case of teen shot and killed in Omemee

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha 411 News has learned that Second Degree Murder charges in the shooting death of Alex Tobin in February have been withdrawn.

23 year old Aaron Simmonds and 18 year old Zachary Simmonds, both of Bethany were charged in late February. The charges have now been withdrawn and police say the investigation is active and ongoing.

Tobin was allegedly shot in the chest at approximately 1:15pm on February 18th in a building on King Street in Omemee. He was taken to hospital by Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services where he succumbed to his injuries.

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http://Two people charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of an 18 year old in Omemee made a brief court appearance on Thursday.

Marie Henein of Henein Hutchison LLP is the lawyer for the Simmonds brothers and she says the crown withdrew the charges because her clients are innocent.

“The Crown withdrew the charges because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.” Henein explained. “A review of the evidence in the possession of the police determined that Zachary Simmonds and his brother, Aaron, were not at the scene at the time of the offence and did not commit the crime.  Zachary and Aaron Simmonds are innocent as the evidence established.”

Police are no longer looking for a grey Ford Focus in connection to the case. Read more here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2020/02/22/police-looking-for-vehicle-in-connection-with-deadly-shooting-in-omemee/

Note: There were two updates to this story. One was a comment from the lawyer for the two men who had been charged. The other update on April 17th was from the OPP saying they are no longer looking for the grey Ford Focus.

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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