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EDMONTON –
Bradley Barton was convicted of manslaughter in June 2011 when Cindy Gladue died, whose body was found in the bathtub of his Edmonton hotel room

The 52-year-old Ontario truck driver pleaded not guilty of manslaughter last month. He testified that he wanted to pay Gladue for sex and was shocked when he woke up to find her dead in the hotel room bathtub

This is the second trial for Barton related to Gladue’s death in 2015, when a jury found him not guilty of a first degree murder that sparked protests and sought justice for Indigenous women

The Alberta Court of Appeals overturned the acquittal and ordered a new trial. The Supreme Court of Canada later agreed, ruling that Gladue’s sexual history was ill-treated and that all Canadians have the right to be treated with dignity and respect under the law >

Lisa Weber, Brandy Poorman and Kari Thomason speak in court after Bradley Barton was convicted of the death of Cindy Gladue (Sean McClune / CTV News Edmonton)

“She was silenced and therefore had no opportunity to tell her side of the story,” said Lisa Weber

“It’s been a long way to get here. We’re delighted that Cindy has finally gotten her justice,” Brandy Poorman said in court

“He’s going to jail. He’s accountable, and that’s exactly what needs to be done. He’s got to be held accountable, and now he’s finally got it. He can’t run away,” said Kari Thomason

Gladue was only 36 years old when she died. Her friends describe her as a woman who loved to cook and spend time with her three children. They said that if she had lived she would have their first two in the next few months Seen grandchildren, one of whom was still on the way

“Hopefully she will take care of her children and grandchildren. She was a kind person,” said Poorman,

All women agree that Canada still has a long way to go to fight racism in the judiciary

“Unfortunately, if you are Aboriginal you are still not the same and if you are in a high-risk lifestyle this seems to be paramount which makes no difference because they are still human,” said Thomason

“A lot has to change. We have to do better. Canada has to do better. They have to go back and fix a lot,” said Poorman,

Defense attorney Dino Bottos speaks outside the Edmonton courthouse after his client Bradley Barton was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Cindy Gladue (Sean McClune / CTV News Edmonton)

“The 2015 Barton trial and acquittal quickly caused a human scream in Alberta and then across the country, and there have been protests against his acquittal for a day or two after his acquittal,” said Dino Bottos

“Mr. Barton felt the weight of the allegations for a long time and especially since his first acquittal. And he expected a bad result here”

Bottos said Barton hoped to appeal the conviction but would have to file a petition with Legal Aid Alberta to do so Bottos said Barton lost the mortgage on his semi after he was arrested nine years ago and was forced to do so been to file for bankruptcy

“Because of this, I and my team defended him in relation to mutual legal assistance Mutual Legal Aid funded the trial and its defense Since he has no money, we want to convince legal aid to fund his appeal ”

The Crown and Defense have agreed to meet again on Friday February 26 to decide on a date for the hearing

Cindy Gladue

World News – CA – Bradley Barton was convicted of manslaughter nearly a decade after Cindy Gladue died

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