WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man has been found guilty of murder inside a Salisbury House restaurant.
A 12-person jury found 30-year-old Devin Hall guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder for walking into the Sals at Pembina and Stafford and opening fire back in September 2012.
23-year-old Jeffrey Lau, a local drug dealer, was killed.
The case hinged largely on DNA evidence found on gloves and a shirt left near the crime scene.
Surveillance footage showed a masked gunman walk into the restaurant and opened fire. Hall’s lawyer argued that there was no way to prove Hall was the shooter but the jury did not buy it.
The crown also tried to connect Hall to a rental car that witnesses saw drive away from the restaurant after the shooting. Documents show it was rented around the time of the shooting by another man but Hall was listed as an authorized driver.
Hall had pleaded not guilty and never confessed to the crime, but the jury convicted him of murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence without a chance of parole for at least 25 years.