Christopher Husbands has been found guilty two counts of second degree murder by a jury, though it is unclear what its specific reasoning was.
In June 2012, Husbands fired 14 rounds from an automatic pistol in the Eaton Centre food court. His bullets killed two men, Nixon Nirmalendran, an old childhood friend, and Ahmed Hassan, another acquaintance. They also wounded five, including Connor Stevenson, a 13-year-old boy who took a non-fatal bullet to the forehead.
Those facts were not in argument at the trial.
What was, however, was if Husbands intentions were revenge or if it was temporary dissociative state.
The Crown has argued that Husbands shot Nixon Nirmalendran in an act of cold-blooded revenge. (Everyone else hit that day, under that theory, was collateral damage.)
Husbands’ lawyer, Dirk Derstine, offered a different scenario, saying Husbands was paranoid and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he entered the mall that day. When he saw Nirmalendran, he feared for his life. He entered a dissociative state and shot his gun without knowing what he was doing.