Raymond Gerald Newman has been acquitted of murder in connection with the stabbing death of his estranged wife, Chrissy Predham-Newman.
The Crown told Justice James Adams this morning in Newfoundland Supreme Court that, as a result of pre-trial applications, almost all of the evidence is not admissable, thus there is no possibility of a conviction.
Defence lawyer Mike King requested an acquittal be entered, which was granted by Adams.
The Crown indicated this morning it plans to appeal the pretrial application decisions.
Relatives of Chrissy Predham-Newman became emotional in the courtroom, some shouting at Newman. An aunt had to be transported to hospital from the court house.
The acquittal brings an end to a case that’s been ongoing for five years.
Predham-Newman's body was found in her Airport Heights apartment in St. John's on Jan. 21, 2007.
The 28-year-old had been stabbed numerous times and her throat was reportedly slit.
The couple had a young daughter.
Ray Newman was arrested and charged in June 2009 after a 2 1/2-year police investigation.
More details later and in Thursday’s full edition of The Telegram.