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Boone not guilty of attempted murder

Judge says witness's testimony unreliable

Justice Bonnie Warkentin found Boone not guilty of attempted murder Jan 3. A sentencing hearing for Boone's separate Ottawa trial is scheduled for Apr 5. Credit: Ottawa Police Service
A Superior Court judge has found Steven Boone not guilty of attempting to infect a developmentally delayed man with HIV.
 
On Jan 3, Justice Bonnie Warkentin found Boone not guilty of attempted murder, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and attempting to administer a noxious substance. He was, however, found guilty of failing to comply with conditions for engaging in sexual acts with the witness.
 
Warkentin said that although she does not believe much of Boone’s testimony and there is evidence that he did intend to “breed” the witness, the witness’s story was too inconsistent and “confusing” to convict Boone beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
On Oct 31, a jury found Boone guilty of three counts of attempted murder, three counts of administering a noxious substance — his semen — and three counts of aggravated sexual assault in a separate Ottawa trial.
 
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 5. The Crown will conduct a 60-day assessment to determine whether to pursue a dangerous-offender designation.

On Dec 19, a jury in Kitchener-Waterloo found Boone guilty of attempted aggravated assault. Sentencing for the Kitchener trial is expected to be set Jan 25.