Victim’s mother says guilty verdict in Halifax cell death sends national message

HALIFAX—Sitting through the criminal negligence trial around her son’s death in Halifax police custody has “been hell,” but for Jeannette Rogers a guilty verdict carries an important message.

On Sunday, a jury ended its third day of deliberations by delivering a unanimous guilty verdict against special constables Dan Fraser and Cherly Gardner in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Both were accused of criminal negligence causing death after 41-year-old Corey Rogers died in their care.

“I know nothing will bring Corey back, but I know he’s watching over me and saying, ‘Thank you, mom,’” Jeannette Rogers told reporters on Sunday outside court after the verdict.


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