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Published February 18, 2011, 09:27 PM

Guilty Verdict in Decades-long Manitoba Murder Case

A Winnipeg jury convicted a man of second-degree murder Friday evening for the 1984 slaying of teenager Candace Derksen.

By: Winnipeg Free Press,

A Winnipeg jury convicted a man of second-degree murder Friday evening for the 1984 slaying of teenager Candace Derksen.

Mark Edward Grant, 47, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Derksen but the jury found him guilty of second-degree murder.

Candace was 13 when she was tied up and left in a brickyard shed in 1984. Members of the Derksen family, sitting in court Friday, showed no reaction to the verdict.

Later, members of the Derksen family embraced several police officers responsible for cracking the case.

An emotional Det. Al Bradbury told Candace's dad Cliff: "I'm glad we could do this for you, that you put your trust in us."

The jury, which had been deliberating since Wednesday evening, declined to make a recommendation on sentencing.

The Crown's case hinged on DNA evidence. Both the Crown and the defence called experts who gave different takes on the results of DNA tests done by a private lab in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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