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Not guilty verdict in teen's slaying

A Toronto jury has acquitted a man of first-degree murder in the horrific 2006 knife slaying of 17-year-old Omar Wellington.

The accused, J.G., is 22 but can't be identified because he was under 18 at the time the teenager was stabbed to death in Flemingdon Park.

The jury retired Wednesday afternoon to begin deliberations and returned to court Saturday to say there was an impasse. Justice Mary Lou Benotto exhorted the jurors to continue deliberations. At 10 a.m. Sunday, they said they had found J.G. “not guilty.”

J.G. is not, however, a free man. In December 2010, he received a 12-year adult prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

On Oct. 9, 2006, J.G. shot a young woman in the face ' she is the aunt of one of the witnesses in the Wellington case.

He also tried to shoot a security guard but the gun misfired. He was arrested a few days later and has been in custody since.

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