Wednesday Aug 20

Jury Deliberates Fate of Greeks

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Greeks murderA jury in Vancouver is into its second full day of deliberations in the trial of five Vernon men accused of three drug related murders.

Peter Manalakos and four other suspects are accused in the killings of Thomas Bryce, David Marniuk and Ronald Thom in Vernon in 2004 and 2005.

It's alleged the men were killed for taking drugs or money from a cocaine selling gang known as the Greeks.

The BC Supreme Court trial of the five men took 19 months to complete, with over 100 witnesses.

It started in May 2011, and was held in a high security courtroom in Vancouver, the same one used for the Air India bombing trial.

The jury began its deliberations late Wednesday afternoon after the justice completed a charge to the jury, the judge's instructions to the jury concerning the law that applies to the facts of the case on trial.

Vernon RCMP Inspector Al Haslett, who was involved in the trial, says the jury has to consider the charges against each suspect.

"It's fairly complicated and detailed and there was a lot of witnesses and evidence put forward, so I would think it (a verdict) would take some time," Haslett told Kiss FM. 

The other accused are Dale Sipes, Leslie Podolski, Sheldon O'Donnell and Doug Brownell.