Update: A date has been set for sentencing for a man who was found guilty of manslaughter and indignity to a dead body.
57-year old Guy William Smith is due back in Supreme Court in Williams Lake on October 31st of this year.
Smith was charged in connection with the death of 60-year old Gary Price.
He was reported missing by his family in March of 2013 and Price’s body was discovered in a well on a property in Likely in September of 2014.
Smith was found guilty earlier this month in a trial that spanned seven weeks and included the testimony of 60 crown witnesses.
Original Story: Guy Smith was found guilty on two charges in the death of a man whose body was discovered in the well of a private property in Likely almost four years ago.
Smith was found guilty on one count of manslaughter and one count of indignity to human remains in Williams Lake Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon following a 7-week trial that was spread out over 11 months and had 60 crown witnesses testify.
Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church delivered the decision in which the family of Gary Price was in attendance to hear.
Crown Counsel alleged that on or about February 23, 2013, that Smith unlawfully killed Price and then partially dismembered his body concealing his remains in a well where it was discovered 19 months following his disappearance.
Outside of the courtroom Price’s sister Gwen Reese who was gathered with family members sharing hugs and tears said she would like to give thanks to the Major Crime Unit, RCMP, and to especially Crown Counsel for their hard work over the last four and half years.
“Our brother has been gone for over 5 years but we thank them and God-he’s been in on this too,” she said.
Price who lived in a remote cabin on the shores of Cariboo Lake was reported missing by Gwen on March 3, 2013, after it was brought to her attention that his vehicle was found abandoned in a gravel pullout on Keithley Creek Rd and he had missed several appointments.
Smith will appear back in court by video on July 30 to fix a date for sentencing.