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Michael Thomas Ra�erty
Age: 31 Arrested May 19, 2009, charged with ﬁrst-degree murder. Went to high school in Richmond Hill and studied culinary arts at Toronto’s George Brown College. Worked for a Guelph landscaper. Moved to Woodstock in 2007, where he lived with his mother until his arrest.
Called to the bar in 1993. Counsel in more than 70 jury trials, 30 murder trials. Recently successful in striking down three-year mandatory minimum for ﬁrearm o�ences. Has stressed to media since day one the full story is not yet known.
21, is expected to be a key witness in the trial. Adopted as a baby, raised in MacTier, in and out of foster homes, detention centres and troubles with the law. Arrested May 19, 2009 and pleaded guilty April 30, 2010 to ﬁrst-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. She’s the ‘mystery woman’ seen in surveillance video walking with Tori Sta�ord before her disappearance. At her trial, she apologized for the abduction and killing of Tori Sta�ord.
Once a police suspect, expected to be a witness in the trial. Her unusual news conferences each day while Tori was missing attracted criticism and suspicions of her motives but also kept her daughter’s plight front and centre in media, and persuaded some she could not be involved.
Victoria ‘Tori’ Sta�ord
Aged 8. Her family called her their “spunky little princess”. Loved to sleep in Saturdays, go to church Sundays, play with her big brother, fan of Hannah Montana, and the colour purple – giving rise to the tiny purple ribbons worn in her memory.
Blaming himself for not being there for his children, he attended his ex-wife’s daily news conferences and numerous vigils for Tori and has vowed to help protect all children from predators. Organized two bicycle rides to raise money for ChildFind.
HEAD OF INVESTIGATION
A�able, 30-year veteran with municipal and OPP forces. As OPP Det Insp., took command of investigation April 17, 2009. Case changed from missing persons to kidnapping. Left OPP to join Woodstock police service as operations inspector in 2010.
Brian Crockett, Michael Carnegie, Kevin Gowdey, Stephanie Venne
60 years of Crown experience between them, and dozens before that as defence lawyers. Have led many high proﬁle murder trials.
Tori’s grandparents, aunts and uncles are expected to attend the trial. Tori had close relationships with many of these family members.
April 8, 2009: Tori
Associate Laura Giordano
Has worked in community legal clinics, representing lower income clients in criminal cases.
Compiled by Randy Richmond/QMI Agency
Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney
Oversaw the complex and lengthy trial of six men convicted of ﬁrst-degree murder in the 2006 slaying of eight Bandidos bikers.
Tori’s body was found along a May 19, 2009: Terri-Lynne remote country lane outside Mount Forest. The Crown alleges McClintic and Michael Thomas this is also the scene where the C.S. Ra�erty are arrested. murder took place. The jury will July 19, 2009: Police disvisit the scene during the trial. cover human remains, believed to be that of Tori Sta�ord, near Mount Forest and notify the girl’s parents.
Sta�ord, 8, leaves Oliver Stephens elementary school on Fyfe Avenue in Woodstock after school. Shortly after 6 p.m., she is reported missing to police.
April 30, 2010: Terri-Lynne McClintic pleads guilty to ﬁrstdegree murder and is sentenced to life in prison.