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Not guilty in murder of Alexander Paul of Abbotsford

Alexander Paul - File photo courtesy CTV News
Alexander Paul
— image credit: File photo courtesy CTV News

A jury has found an Abbotsford man not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Alexander Vincent Paul, 32.

The trial of Robert Kenneth Hogan, 40, wrapped up late last week in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack, and the jury issued its decision on Monday.

Hogan was charged after Paul was shot to death during an altercation on July 7, 2009 at a rural property in the 3800 block of Interprovincial Hwy. The two were known to each other.

Less than a month before his death, Paul told CTV News that he was the prime suspect in the murder of his tenant Angela Crossman, 39, but said he did not kill her.

Crossman's body was found off a logging road near Agassiz on June 11, 2009.

Ian Michael Hewitt, 33, was charged a year later with first-degree murder in connection with Crossman's death.

Crossman first met Hewitt because they were neighbours on Hillcrest Avenue in Abbotsford. She was looking for a new place to live, and Hewitt invited her to move into the home where he was renting a room from Paul.

The two had been roommates for only a few days before her murder.

The preliminary inquiry in that case is slated to begin April 3 in Chilliwack provincial court. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

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