A man accused of the first-degree murder of Craig Widdifield in a South Surrey parking lot has been found not guilty.
According to court documents posted online, the judge ruled that a key witnesses’ testimony was untrustworthy.
“[He] sometimes minimized the seriousness of his role in various criminal activities… he was overtly dishonest on numerous occasions.”
The evidence of the accused, Brody Robert Paterson, was also described as “not credible.”
Justice Peter Voith said the evidence from both sides wasn’t substantial enough to make a ruling.
“Crown has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was the person who shot and killed Widdifield.”
Widdifield was gunned down while leaving a gym at the Morgan Creek shopping plaza back in 2013, in what was believed to be a targeted shooting.
He was described as known to police at the time of his death due to his ties to organized crime.