EDMONTON - An Edmonton man accused of attempted murder for chopping his handicapped friend of 40 years in the head with a hatchet was found not guilty by a jury Friday evening.
Michael Young – who defended himself by acting as his own lawyer – nodded his head as the jury foreperson gave not guilty verdicts on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.
After the 12 jurors were excused, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joanne Veit told Young he was “free to go.”
The verdict was delivered about 6 p.m. after the six men and six women on the jury had deliberated for roughly five hours after getting legal instructions from the judge.
Young, 55, was accused of attacking Norman Boucher, 54, with a hatchet on Oct, 9, 2011, at the Norwood-area garage where Young was living at the time.