Top 10 of 2012, #6: Nadia Gehl murder trial
Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 7:58PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:40AM EST
From now until Dec. 31, CTV Kitchener is counting down the top 10 local stories of 2012. Catch the countdown each night on CTV News at Six.
The Nadia Gehl murder trial comes in at number six on CTV Kitchener’s top 10 stories of 2012.
On February 2, 2009, Nadia Gehl was on her way to a nearby bus stop when she was shot twice at close range and left to die.
Three men were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They were Dennis Zvolensky, Nashat Qahwash, and Nadia’s husband Ron Cyr.
Their trial was held in a Hamilton courtroom. The Crown built a case that Ron Cyr had masterminded the killing of his wife for insurance and to keep his affair with another woman from being exposed. Prosecutors claimed that Cyr had enlisted Zvolensky and Qahwash to carry out the killing, and that one of them pulled the trigger.
On April 30th, 2012, the jury found all three men guilty. It was an emotional day for Nadia's family.
"The thing that bothers me about all of this the most is thinking about what happened that day," Nadia's father Nick Gehl told CTV News. "My daughter coming out of her house being carefree just like she always was and turning around and seeing some bastard who she knew shooting her, and the last thing she saw was that."
Defence lawyers asked for a number of mistrials, but they were all denied by the judge.
Appeal applications for all three of the accused have since been filed.