A Dawson City, Yukon, man has been found not guilty of second degree murder in the 2018 death of Kevin Edward McGowan.

Kane Morgan, who has admitted to causing McGowan’s death, was instead found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

It took around four hours for the 11 jurors at the trial to deliberate and return with a verdict on Thursday evening. 

Morgan killed 41-year-old McGowan, who was from Port Coquitlam, B.C, during the early hours of April 30, 2018, in Dawson.

The trial, which began last week in Dawson City, focused on whether Morgan had intended to kill McGowan. The defence argued that Morgan had been heavily intoxicated by drugs and alcohol at the time, and was therefore not able to form intent.

As the verdict was read in the courtroom, some of Morgan’s family members broke down into tears behind him.

McGowan’s family and friends sat on the other side of the courtroom, silent and visibly disappointed by the verdict.

Morgan’s sentencing date is March 26.

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