Woman acquitted of triple murder accessory charges

Kirsten Bomberry doubled over in the prisoner’s box, relieved that she was about to be set free.But behind her, in the body of courtroom, Sue Jamieson hugged the high school graduation photo of her son Michael a little tighter and sobbed.“They were her friends and she watched them get killed and walked away,” Jamieson said on the front steps of the London courthouse.“She gets off. I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand it.”Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford, was acquitted Friday of three counts of accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the deaths of Melissa Trudy Miller, 36, who was seven months pregnant at the time of her death, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32.They were killed at Bomberry’s property in the First Nations community between Oct. 29 and 30, 2018. Their bodies were found on Nov. 4, tied up, wrapped in blankets and tossed in the bed of a stolen pickup truck, left abandoned on Bodkin Road in Middlesex Centre, southwest of London.Bomberry admitted she buried the weapons — a single-barrel shotgun and a knife — in a woodlot. The issue was whether she moved the weapons to help the killers or to protect herself.Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin said in his decision he was convinced by Bomberry’s own words to police that she hid them because she was scared the killers might return to her home to kill her and others.“I find the transfer of the weapons was not to assist but for self-preservation,” he said.He made that conclusion based on two police statements made by Bomberry following the discovery of the bodies.During the first statement, given to police following her arrest in November 2018 after a witness came forward, Bomberry, who was dealing drugs from her home, lied and said she last saw the victims walking down her driveway. She said she wasn’t involved in the killings.But in January 2019, she changed her story, and described watching the killers stab and beat Miller and Porter in the living room of her trailer.When Jamieson said he wanted to leave, he was marched outside and shot in the chest, Bomberry told the police.The killer said as he took him out that “this is going to happen to everyone.”“(The killer) was just stone-cold, looking at me with the shotgun,” Bomberry told the police.Hockin said the second statement had “a ring of truth” and there was an important consistency with her first statement.“Her assertion that she was not a participant was consistent with her second statement that she was a witness only,” he said.Bomberry gave the police details about what she did following the killings. She refused to help clean up the crime scene, even though those involved yelled at her to help. She found the weapons in a garbage bag near a fire pit some time after the bodies had been removed and the killers had left.She removed the weapons and buried the garbage bag. Some time later, perhaps a few days, she and two others took the weapons to a woodlot on Mulligan Road near Highway 54 and buried them.Bomberry told police she was “scared” the killers would return to her home and hurt her, so she moved the weapons off her property.“I was scared he was going to use them and I was going to actually hand them over once I figured out (sic) and calmed down from the shock,” she told the police.Hockin said: “(The) accused’s expression of fear . . . was well founded in her mind and that was her state of mind.”LFP Longform: How a code of silence fed a deadly web of violence that’s left a mark across Southwestern Ontario #LdnOnt #onpoli https://t.co/XSUFKtFmVO— London Free Press (@LFPress) March 18, 2019Bomberry was convicted of second-degree murder in 2008 for the stabbing of a Hamilton man, a case that was later overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2012.The issue for Bomberry now is where she will go. By the response in the courtroom, it appears she isn’t welcome at Six Nations.“Everybody knows what kind of person she is,” one woman said as she walked out of the courtroom.Her defence lawyer, Ian McCuaig, said outside of court Bomberry is aware that the community has been shaken to its core by the homicides.“These events are so tragic and have justifiably created so much turmoil in the community that she will have a difficult decision to make and I can’t give you any insight into what she will do next,” he said.One Six Nations resident who was in the courtroom to support the families said the judge’s decision will be “very hard for the community to grasp.”“We all live in the same community. We’re only going to feel this,” said Rhonda Martin. “This could be a time for our community to come together and say we don’t want people like this in our community.“We’re trying to stand up for what we believe in. This is not what we are about. This is not who we are.”Sue Jamieson just knows her son is dead and one person has been acquitted. Michael, she said, was in rehab for drug abuse but added he was “a good guy. He helped everybody. He’s missed by everybody.“Don’t be scared of them. We need to stand forward now. Enough of the drugs. Please come forward and keep these next ones in jail,” she said.The others charged in connection with the homicides will be tried in Brantford.Two men and one woman face murder charges. Nicholas Shipman is charged with three counts of second-degree murder, Thomas Bomberry, 30, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and Jamie Beaver is charged with one count of second-degree murder.Vernon Shipman, 33, and Roland Sturgeon are charged with accessory after the [email protected]/JaneatLFPress read more