Suspect in Jackson Street killing will plead not guilty: lawyer

News Mar 29, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

The suspect in the death of Joseph Colson surrendered to Hamilton police Monday morning.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Gary Michael White, 48, of no fixed address in Hamilton, for second-degree murder.

Colson and White were cousins, according to police.

White contacted lawyer Sandee Smordin, who escorted him to central police station shortly after 9 a.m.

“He voluntarily turned himself in,” she said, adding that he will plead not guilty, and that turning himself in was not necessarily a reflection of guilt.

Police said White would appear in court Tuesday. He had recently been released from custody at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre on an “unrelated offence,” said Smordin.

Colson, 43, died in his basement-level apartment at 170 Jackson St. W. around 5 p.m. Friday. A Hamilton paramedic supervisor said Colson suffered a gunshot wound, but police would not confirm if he had been shot.

On Monday night, after police released the crime scene, a biohazard team wearing white coveralls and rubber gloves cleaned up Colson’s apartment.

A man who works on boiler equipment in the building — and who asked that his name not be published — said he saw a lot of blood in Colson’s unit. He said that residents he spoke with did not hear gunshots.

Frank said he often talked to Colson, and that he “was a good guy.” He added that Colson had an ex-wife and children who asked about gaining access to the apartment to retrieve his belongings.

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Suspect in Jackson Street killing will plead not guilty: lawyer

News Mar 29, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

The suspect in the death of Joseph Colson surrendered to Hamilton police Monday morning.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Gary Michael White, 48, of no fixed address in Hamilton, for second-degree murder.

Colson and White were cousins, according to police.

White contacted lawyer Sandee Smordin, who escorted him to central police station shortly after 9 a.m.

“He voluntarily turned himself in,” she said, adding that he will plead not guilty, and that turning himself in was not necessarily a reflection of guilt.

Police said White would appear in court Tuesday. He had recently been released from custody at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre on an “unrelated offence,” said Smordin.

Colson, 43, died in his basement-level apartment at 170 Jackson St. W. around 5 p.m. Friday. A Hamilton paramedic supervisor said Colson suffered a gunshot wound, but police would not confirm if he had been shot.

On Monday night, after police released the crime scene, a biohazard team wearing white coveralls and rubber gloves cleaned up Colson’s apartment.

A man who works on boiler equipment in the building — and who asked that his name not be published — said he saw a lot of blood in Colson’s unit. He said that residents he spoke with did not hear gunshots.

Frank said he often talked to Colson, and that he “was a good guy.” He added that Colson had an ex-wife and children who asked about gaining access to the apartment to retrieve his belongings.

npaddon@thespec.com

905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec

Suspect in Jackson Street killing will plead not guilty: lawyer

News Mar 29, 2016 The Hamilton Spectator

The suspect in the death of Joseph Colson surrendered to Hamilton police Monday morning.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Gary Michael White, 48, of no fixed address in Hamilton, for second-degree murder.

Colson and White were cousins, according to police.

White contacted lawyer Sandee Smordin, who escorted him to central police station shortly after 9 a.m.

“He voluntarily turned himself in,” she said, adding that he will plead not guilty, and that turning himself in was not necessarily a reflection of guilt.

Police said White would appear in court Tuesday. He had recently been released from custody at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre on an “unrelated offence,” said Smordin.

Colson, 43, died in his basement-level apartment at 170 Jackson St. W. around 5 p.m. Friday. A Hamilton paramedic supervisor said Colson suffered a gunshot wound, but police would not confirm if he had been shot.

On Monday night, after police released the crime scene, a biohazard team wearing white coveralls and rubber gloves cleaned up Colson’s apartment.

A man who works on boiler equipment in the building — and who asked that his name not be published — said he saw a lot of blood in Colson’s unit. He said that residents he spoke with did not hear gunshots.

Frank said he often talked to Colson, and that he “was a good guy.” He added that Colson had an ex-wife and children who asked about gaining access to the apartment to retrieve his belongings.

npaddon@thespec.com

905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec