10:30 AM EST jan 26 2012 h/t Bear
KINGSTON, Ont. – Closing arguments in the Shafia family murder trial have been put on hold after the courthouse in Kingston, Ont., was evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat.
Court will be adjourned until at least 1 p.m. ET.
While police would only say there was a ”security concern,” a source told The Canadian Press the reason for the evacuation was a bomb threat.
Before the proceedings resumed this morning, the lead detective in the case told everyone in the courthouse to leave the building and there is an increased police presence — including a canine unit — in the area.
Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, have each pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.
They’re accused of killing teenage Shafia daughters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Shafia’s first wife in his polygamous marriage.
The Crown is slated to continue closing submissions today, after the jury heard from the three defence lawyers Tuesday and Wednesday.