OTTAWA — In just a few short hours, Pat and Sheri Leighton learned what they waited nearly three years to find out -- their 18 year-old son never suffered.
The couple was present in a federal courtroom Monday for the first day of what could be a two-week inquest into the death of Eric Leighton.
Leighton was killed May 26, 2011, when he cut into a drum barrel with an electric grinding tool.
The plan was to cut the barrel in half, lengthways, and re-attach it with a hinge — making it into a home-made barbecue. Something his shop class had already done once successfully, the inquest heard.