Detroit teen guilty in slayings of former restaurant employers

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DETROIT (AP) -

An 18-year-old Detroit man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing two former co-workers at a downtown restaurant owned by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios.

A Wayne County Circuit Court jury deliberated about three hours before finding Justin Blackshere guilty of first-degree murder. He faces mandatory life imprisonment at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Sept. 7.

Blackshere was charged in the Jan. 2 deaths of Cheli's Chili Bar manager Megan Soroka, 49, and chef Mark Barnard, 52. Blackshere had been fired in November and told police he had gone to the restaurant to get his job as a busboy back.

Seven witnesses, including Chelios, identified Blackshere as the person shown on restaurant surveillance cameras on the morning of the killings.

Defence lawyer Earl Washington told the Detroit News that he wasn't surprised by the
verdict.

"I'm just sorry this happened. My grandson needs help more than anything," Blackshere's grandfather Greg Hayes of Detroit told the Detroit Free Press.

In a written statement released by the Red Wings, Chelios thanked police "for their professionalism through this entire process" and also thanked prosecutors and the team.

"The way everyone pulled together during this tragedy makes me proud to call Detroit home," he said.

Relatives of the victims issued a statement thanking police and prosecutors but declined comment after the verdict.
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Good to hear everything is resolved. Chelios is happy, he can focus on the upcoming season finally. Since he wants to play until he's 50.

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Jeanie

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that would be fine by me if he wants to play until he's 50!

This was a horrible thing that happened, I'm glad they brought this guy to justice. The way Cheli handled it showed once again what a great guy he is. Detroit - both the team and the city - is lucky to have him.
 

Rapier

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that would be fine by me if he wants to play until he's 50!

This was a horrible thing that happened, I'm glad they brought this guy to justice. The way Cheli handled it showed once again what a great guy he is. Detroit - both the team and the city - is lucky to have him.
Wasn't Cheli mean to a Flyer once waay way back when he played for Boston? I'm not looking this up. Let's see if the Ginkgo Balboa has kicked in.
 
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Well...at 45 (I think) he put together a pretty solid season last year, if he can stay healthy he might be able to do it.:clap:
Anything is possible. Where he really stood out was in the playoffs, after Schneider went down. He was able to log all that extra time and it didn't even phase him.

;)