史蒂文·内维尔坐着的时候，吹出了他一直屏住的长呼吸，for the first time since his trial began three months ago,in the prisoner's dock and not in the seat next to his lawyers and heard himself declared not guilty.
He broke into a grin,当他转过左肩看着画廊里道格·弗林和瑞安·德怀尔的亲人时，很快就消失了，sobbing for the same reason Neville was overjoyed.
After a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court trial that lasted nearly 11 weeks,and after almost nine full days of jury deliberations,内维尔27,was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Doug Flynn and a second man,Ryan Dwyer2010。
判决宣布时，一名男子与弗林和德怀尔的家人坐在一起，起身离开法庭，while others consoled each other and cried into tissues.
Some members of Neville's family had burst into tears,too,内维尔可以自由离开法院cleared of the charges.
After court,内维尔的律师，Bob Buckingham,告诉媒体人士，这是对他的客户的一个宽慰的日子，but not a day to celebrate.
"We still have an individual in this incident that died," Buckingham said.“我知道这对先生来说很困难。弗林的家人。这是许多年前发生在一群年轻人身上的不幸事件，和先生。内维尔有机会继续他的生活，而另一个人却没有。It's unfortunate.真悲哀。But at the end of the day,Mr.内维尔不是罪犯，因为这里发生的事。
Buckingham and co-counsel Robert Hoskins maintained throughout the trial that Neville acted in self-defence the night Flynn was killed and Dwyer stabbed multiple times during an altercation on a street in Paradise.They said Dwyer had "gone off the deep end" over an unpaid $65 loan his brother had given Neville,and he and Flynn had mounted a "campaign of terror" against him.
In his opening and closing statements to the jury,白金汉描述了弗林和德怀尔据称用车辆追捕内维尔的事件，threatened on social media to assault his mother and attempted to attack him with weapons such as brass knuckles,a baseball bat,刀子和松饼。
检察官杰西卡·格兰特和贾森·豪斯在庭审中出示了证据，他们说内维尔计划谋杀弗林和德怀尔，包括他在被刺那天给朋友发的短信，saying he was going to stab the two men and that they were "dead,dead,dead."
对于案件双方的家庭来说，这是一个漫长的过程。内维尔于2013年被陪审团指控并最初被判二级谋杀罪，but that conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada,这与原法官对陪审员的指示有关，特别是，他对陪审团问题的回答。
“我们意识到这可能是一个荒谬的问题，但陪审团要求，我们要澄清的是，“杀人”的法律定义与“谋杀”相同。The country's high court ruled the judge should have answered the question instead of telling the jurors to review the information he had already provided.
"There's a bunch of nonsense charges before the provincial court that under normal circumstances would not be prosecuted," Buckingham said Friday."We'll deal with them in due course and hopefully we'll get rid of them."
当他幸福的家人在摄像机前观看时，Neville stood between his lawyers and spoke to reporters before he left the courthouse.He said he has certification in heavy equipment operation and was looking forward to getting to work,和家人朋友一起过圣诞节，拥有“美好的未来”。
"I went through a lot of stress with family members," Neville said."I just want to say that I'm relieved that it's over and I'm extremely happy with the verdict today and I'm glad that my innocence has been proven."