The environment of the courtroom before the decision was much tensed since both family members, of Curtis Bonnell and Hilary Bonnell, were desperately awaiting jury’s decision. Once the verdict was announced, all the family members of Hilary busted out of joy and kept on appraising the decision by applauding aloud in the courtroom in Miramichi. Especially the mother of Hilary Bonnell, Pam Fillier, could not control herself and begun sobbing and crying. She left her seat and kept applauding while she personally walked up and thanked the jury saying, “God bless you, thank you.”
16-year-old Hilary was murdered in 2009 after which her cousin was accused illegal confinement, sexual assault and murder charges. Evidence in trial also showed Curtis Bonnell guilty by the police, though defense asserted that confession was under pressure of police. The jury gave its verdict on its second day of deliberations.