McGuinty open to inquiry into murder prosecution of Robert Baltovich

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he's sympathetic to calls for an inquiry into Robert Baltovich's murder conviction and subsequent acquittal.


TORONTO - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he's sympathetic to calls for an inquiry into Robert Baltovich's murder conviction and subsequent acquittal.

In common with many other people familiar with the case, McGuinty says he wonders what went wrong.

Baltovich, who was found not guilty Tuesday in the 1990 murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Bain, spent eight years in jail after a jury convicted him in 1992.

McGuinty says he'll be looking to Attorney General Chris Bentley for advice on an inquiry.

But Bentley seems less than enthusiastic about revisiting the issue, saying his first instinct is to say no to a probe.

Police, meanwhile, say they have no plans to launch any new investigation into the murder of the 22-year-old Bain whose body has never been found.

McGuinty also said he's opening to considering compensation for Baltovich.

"When I hear this story and learn a little bit more about it, I think it affects all of us, and we ask ourselves well, 'How did we go wrong?"' McGuinty said.

"As a society, how could this have happened (and) what do we need to do to make sure it doesn't happen again?"