An appeal has been denied for the teen who killed cab driver Ken Purcell on
Christmas Day, 2005.
In a decision released Tuesday, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Justice M.
Jill Hamilton upheld the adult sentence for Garmen Davidson Smith.
On Christmas Eve, 2005, Smith told an acquaintance he was waiting for
someone to cross him so he could shoot or stab somebody. According to
court documents, Smith said he liked the sound of the knife going in when he
stabbed another cab driver in the chest three years earlier.
Smith was 17 at the time of the murder and had already served time for drugs
and aggravated assault.
Purcell, 62, was stabbed at least 16 times and bled to death.
The trial judge ruled the youth sentence of a maximum seven years wasn’t long
enough to hold Smith accountable for Purcell’s murder.
Smith was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least seven
years and that sentence was upheld Tuesday.