March 15, 2016 1:11 pm
Updated: March 15, 2016 7:04 pm

Jury finds Nick Chan not guilty of first degree murder

WATCH ABOVE: The man accused of orchestrating a triple murder in 2009 has been found not guilty of first degree murder. Nick Chan was on trial for the death of rival gang member Sanjeev Mann. As Tracy Nagai reports, the verdict shocked many, but Chan, is not a free man yet.

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CALGARY- A jury has found Nick Chan not guilty of first degree murder in the death of of Sanjeev Mann in a 2009 New Year’s Day shooting at a Calgary restaurant.

The Crown alleged Chan ordered the killing of a rival gang member at the Bolsa restaurant.

The jury deliberated for nearly five hours before reaching the not guilty verdict.

Despite the verdict Chan remains in custody.

He faces another trial in 2017 for a string of offences including the first degree murder of Kevin Anaya and conspiracy to commit murder.

The charges for both cases are the result of a massive police operation called “Desino,” in which several immunity deals were made with gang members in exchange for their testimony against their former fellow gang members.

The Calgary Police Service issued a statement saying it “respects the decision of the jury,” and because Chan has matters before the courts “the CPS is unable to comment further on this issue.”

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