Smith not guilty of murder: jury

02:23, Jul 23 2014
William Peter Lewis
Teenager William Peter Lewis died in Oamaru on April 1, 2010.

Oamaru's Daniel Ethan Smith has been found not guilty of the murder of teenager William Lewis in Oamaru on April 1, 2010.

The retrial verdict - not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter - was delivered today in the High Court at Timaru.

Smith, 20, was remanded in custody for sentencing on August 29.

daniel ethan smith
DANIEL ETHAN SMITH: Not guilty of murder.

Lewis, 16, was fatally stabbed three times in the back after an altercation in Exe St about 9.45pm. Smith, who was also 16 at the time, claimed self-defence.

The jury retired at 3pm yesterday and were released for the night at 5.30pm. They returned with their verdict at 12.35pm today.

Tears errupted from members of Lewis's family who were present for the verdict.

The retrial was heard in front of Justice Dunningham and a jury of six men and six women.

Both the Crown and the defence counsel refused to make a comment at the conclusion of the six-day trial.

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