First degree murder trial for 2 to begin in B.C

Toronto, March 4 (CINEWS): The trial of two South Asians, charged with first-degree murder and manslaughter, has started.

The victim, Maple Batalia

The victim, Maple Batalia

Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal was charged with first-degree murder of teen Maple Batalia, while co-accused Gursimar Singh Bedi was charged with manslaughter with a firearm and being an accessory after the fact, a report in The Link newspaper said on Sunday.
Their trial is being held in British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster.
Batalia, 19 at that time, was fatally shot at Surrey Simon Fraser University campus on September 28, 2011.
Dhaliwal was her ex-boyfriend, and was charged, along with Bedi, in 2012.
Batalia’s family raised more than $50,000 for a bursary in her name, to benefit female students enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s health sciences program.

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