Wise found not guilty in death of Chesterville man

In this June 2018, file photo, 59-year-old Raymond Collison went missing in 2009 and his remains were later found in a ditch near Morewood, Ont. in North Dundas in April 2014. An Ottawa jury has found 77-year-old James Henry 'Jimmy' Wise not guilty in his death. (Collison Family via Newswatch Group)

OTTAWA – An Ottawa jury has found former North Dundas mechanic James Henry “Jimmy” Wise not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Raymond Collison.

The jury reached its verdict Monday after deliberating since Wednesday last week, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Collison’s remains were found in a ditch near Morewood in April 2014 after he went missing in 2009.

Evidence during the trial showed the 59-year-old Collison had been shot five times and put in a culvert but the remains and other materials had been there so long that no DNA evidence could be retrieved, the Citizen reported.

The jury was left to decide the case on circumstantial evidence.

The 77-year-old Wise had been at a Winchester nursing home and has been in a wheelchair since suffering a stroke in 2014.

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