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HALIFAX, Nov 19 (LSN) – Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jill Hamilton dismissed a Crown appeal to nullify a lower court ruling that threw out the murder case against Halifax respirologist Nancy Morrison. In May 1997 Halifax Regional Police charged Morrison with murder after finding evidence that she injected her cancer patient Paul Mills with potassium chloride KCl in order to stop his heart. Witnesses saw Morrison inject Mills’ IV and claim Morrison admitted to them that the syringe contained KCl.  In February, Halifax Provincial Court Judge Hughes Randall dismissed murder charges against Morrison, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to show that her alleged euthanasia attempt actually caused Mill’s death. Crown attorney Craig Boterrill argued that Randall’s decision set a “a very bad precedent.” Moreover, Boterrill said that Randall’s decision was faulty since part of his decision was based on a coroner’s report which indicated that the suspected killing agent administered to patient Mills, potassium chloride, could not be found in his blood stream. Boterrill pointed out that potassium chloride is never found in the bodies of murder victims, it is “the perfect instrument to commit the perfect murder,” he said.  No decision on another appeal has yet been made.

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