“I’m a mother,” we are “not murderers,” accused testifies

It sounded, for a few minutes Friday at the murder trial of a Montreal mother, father and son accused of killing four family members, that no one in the packed courtroom was breathing, save for the Crown prosecutor. Gerard Laarhuis confronted Tooba Mohammad Yahya (inset) with a detailed theory of how she and her co-accused, Mohammad Shafia, 58, and son Hamed, 21, murdered three daughters and her husband’s first wife and conspired to conceal it. It was the first time in the three months since the trial began that the prosecution had clearly outlined all the key elements of the alleged crime.

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