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Title: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jellybean on December 06, 2014, 04:37:27 PM
He has been convicted of Manslaughter, and will be sentenced very soon.  Probably will get a slap on the wrist.

After reading this article, I feel that it was planned and he should of been found guilty of first degree murder./jb

http://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/5182950-ex-pastor-accused-of-killing-pregnant-wife-found-guilty-of-manslaughter/

Dec 05, 2014   | 
Ex-pastor accused of killing pregnant wife found guilty of manslaughter

 A jury has found Philip Grandine, 28, guilty of manslaughter in death of his wife Anna Karissa Grandine after two days of deliberations.

A former pastor accused of drugging and drowning his pregnant wife in a bathtub has been found guilty of manslaughter by a jury after two days of deliberations.

Phillip Grandine ,  28, accidentally described by his lawyer during closing arguments as “Mr. Lorazepam,” remained impassive as the verdict was read.

Grandine was charged with first-degree murder six months after his wife was killed on Oct. 17, 2011.

Anna Karissa Grandine was 29-years-old and 20 weeks pregnant when she died.

She never learned the sex of the baby — she was killed four days before the ultrasound appointment, the trial heard.

Karissa, as she was known to friends and family, was excited about becoming a mother, Crown prosecutor Donna Kellway told the jury in her closing statement.

On her bedside table, by a pillow that the Crown alleged became stained with vomit on the night of her death as she reacted to the sedative in her system, was a pregnancy book.

The Crown argued that Grandine, a trained nurse and manager at a retirement home, planned to murder his wife by drugging her with prescription sedatives he could easily take from his workplace. His motive — to be free to be with his mistress Eileen Florentino, who he continued to see before and after Karissa’s death, the trial heard.

The defence argued that Karissa somehow obtained and took the drugs herself. Her death may have been an accident, defence lawyer Amit Thakore suggested, or she committed suicide in a fog of depression brought on by her husband’s infidelity.

Grandine resigned as a pastor at the Ennerdale Baptist Church after Karissa discovered the affair in August 2011, standing up before the community and admitting that he had cheated on his wife with a parishioner.

The couple began marriage counselling and a computer filter to prevent him from watching pornography was installed on their home computer. It was uninstalled on the night Karissa died, half-an-hour before Grandine called 911.

He used the computer to do Internet searches on whether 100 mg of Lorazepam would be fatal, according to the Crown. Search terms included: “autopsy,” “Lorazepam” and “toxicology” indicating he was concerned about the death looking suspicious, Kellway argued.

He used a high but still “therapeutic” dose of the drug, commonly known as Ativan, so it would not look like an overdose, Kellway said.

He first used himself as a guinea pig to test the effects of the drug, making him drowsy and nauseous, the Crown argued.

Then he conducted a “dress rehearsal” for the murder, spiking Karissa’s banana smoothie four days before she died.

Karissa was hospitalized overnight as a result and told her friend that it felt like she “lost a day of her life” because she could not remember what had happened. She wondered to her sister whether Grandine had put something in her drink, the trial heard.

On the night of Oct. 17, 2011, a Monday, the Crown said Grandine put the final plan in motion. He once again drugged Karissa’s smoothie and either carried or coaxed his disoriented or possibly unconscious wife to the bathtub, Kellway said. Oddly, her head was by the tap end of the bath, Kellway said in her closing argument.

He may have gently held her head under the water, or simply let her body sink, Kellway said. Then he called 911 from the landline in the Scarborough home.

The 911 call, the defence argued, shows Grandine genuinely tried to help his wife when he came home from an hour-long night-time jog to find her unconscious in the bathtub

He actually spent half of that hour on the phone with Florentino, their final call ending three minutes before he dialed 911, the court heard.

Superior Court Justice Robert Clark specifically warned the jury not to punish Grandine for behaviour they may find “morally repugnant.” He is on trial for murder, not “any moral failings you may attribute to him,” Clark said in his charge to the jury.

The jury had the option to convict Grandine of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter, or to acquit him.

To make a finding of manslaughter, the jury would have had to find that Grandine caused his wife’s death through an unlawful act.

In this case, that could mean surreptitiously drugging his wife (itself an unlawful act) and causing her to get into the bathtub, Clark told the jury.

But in a question to the judge on Wednesday the jury raised a new scenario, one not previously addressed during the trial. What if Grandine had knowledge of Karissa taking a bath while under the influence of the sedative and didn’t stop her?

Clark responded that Grandine had a legal duty to protect his spouse from harm and explained that failing to stop Karissa from taking a bath of her volition while knowing she was drugged could constitute an unlawful act that caused death.

But in order to make a finding of murder, the jury would have to conclude that Grandine intended to kill his wife.

“It’s clear that the jury has found that he had no intention to kill his wife,” said Grandine’s defence lawyer Thakore. “It seems from what the jury has determined, the fault that the jury seems to be ascribing to him is in preventing his wife from going into the bathtub that night and that’s a far cry from what was being alleged in relation to his behaviour.”

Grandine, who has been on bail since shortly after his arrest, was handcuffed and taken into custody after the verdict.

“This man’s bail is revoked,” Clark gruffly said. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

The Crown told the court they would be seeking a “substantial and lengthy” prison sentence.

“Karissa was truly a kind and generous person,” her sister Hannah Darvin told reporters in a brief statement after the verdict, her mother Maria Darvin standing by her side. “She has been and will continue to be sorely missed.”
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jellybean on December 06, 2014, 04:41:07 PM
Here is Anna's death notice. It breaks one's heart.

Anna “Karissa“ (Darvin) Grandine

GRANDINE, Anna “Karissa“ (Darvin) - Suddenly went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Monday, October 17, 2011. Karissa, in her 30th year, was the loving wife and best friend of Philip Grandine, cherished daughter of Ramon and Maria Charito Darvin, beloved sister of Hannah Darvin. Dear daughter-in-law of Glen and Carol Grandine, and sister-in-law Emily Brown. Karissa is also survived by her many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and extended family who will long remember her for her faithfulness, gentleness, kindness and love. Karissa was born in Pasay City in the Philippines on November 10, 1981 and moved with her family to Toronto in 1994. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and Archaeology and worked for Berkley Canada in downtown Toronto as a Casualty Underwriter. Karissa was married to her sweetheart on October 11, 2008 at Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, and the two of them were eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child, who now joins Karissa in heaven. She was a good and faithful servant of God, and was active in several Baptist churches, most recently at Ennerdale Road Baptist Church where her husband had served as pastor. Family and friends will be received at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 to 9 pm, and Wednesday, October 26 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service to be held at Jarvis Street Baptist Church, 130 Gerrard Street East (corner of Jarvis and Gerrard), Toronto on Thursday, October 27 at 11 am with Dr. Glendon Thompson officiating. Internment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karissa's memory to Jarvis Street Baptist Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship of Canada and may be done so by contacting Humphrey Funeral Home at 416.487.4523 or visiting them online at www.humphreymiles.com Jesus Christ - “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.“ John 14:6, Acts 4:12 10701860
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: SAP on December 06, 2014, 07:36:13 PM
Unbelievable! I've taken 2 mg. of ativan once during a stressful situation and I was out of the loop. I don't believe that with 100 mg. in her system at once that she could have wanted to take a bath or even form the desire to do so. With her pregnancy, I doubt she would have taken such a sedative on her own, knowing that medication passes through to the fetus. Double murder imo. He had a fling on the side and probably didn't want the costs of a divorce.
I hope the jury uses their heads!
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jobo on December 07, 2014, 06:02:47 AM
He should have been found guilty of Murder, not manslaughter.   Let's hope he still gets life in Prison.
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: SAP on December 07, 2014, 11:50:02 AM
I think the defense lawyer was getting ahead of himself in trying to think what the jury is thinking.

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“It’s clear that the jury has found that he had no intention to kill his wife,” said Grandine’s defence lawyer Thakore. “It seems from what the jury has determined, the fault that the jury seems to be ascribing to him is in preventing his wife from going into the bathtub that night and that’s a far cry from what was being alleged in relation to his behaviour.”
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jellybean on December 07, 2014, 12:12:12 PM
The article, itself,  while not very clear re: jury's decision, the heading states that he was found guilty of Manslaughter.
The crown stated that they will ask for a stiff sentence.
In her obit, she was referred to as his best friend, and was anticipating the birth of their child. 

I can't believe it.   :o
I wonder what the "new Max" is for Manslaughter.  Anyone know?

At 28 years of age, he was into Porno, a Mistress and Murder!!

JB

Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: SAP on December 07, 2014, 12:21:32 PM
It's a confusing title. The sentencing is for next Thursday according to the last article:

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“This man’s bail is revoked,” Clark gruffly said. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: SAP on December 07, 2014, 12:25:11 PM
Manslaughter --- minimum of 4 years and max of life.

http://www.mensrightsedmonton.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/DBTG.pdf
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jellybean on January 09, 2015, 01:15:20 PM
Well, here is our answer!

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/15-year-prison-sentence-for-ex-pastor-who-drowned-pregnant-wife/ar-AA7YpxL?ocid=iehp

A former pastor found guilty of manslaughter in the drowning death of his pregnant wife was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

With credit for time served, Philip Grandine will serve 14 years and eight months for killing his wife Karissa, who was five months pregnant when she died.

The former pastor’s actions reached a “depth of depravity that beggars the imagination of any right thinking person,” Superior Court Justice Robert Clark said in a scathing ruling.

Grandine, a retirement home nurse, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury after a two-week trial last year.

He had been charged with first-degree murder, accused by the Crown of obtaining prescription sedatives, drugging and drowning his 29-year-old wife in a bathtub in their Scarborough home on the night of Oct. 17, 2011.

Clark found as a fact that Grandine drugged his wife twice, first on Oct 13, 2011 then on the night she died.

In the judgment, he found that Grandine contemplated murdering his wife, as indicated by his searches for terms like “autopsy” and on whether 100mg of Lorazepam would be fatal.

The crime comes closer to the moral culpability of first-degree murder then the jury’s verdict of manslaughter, Clark said.

The defence and Crown sought vastly different sentences. The Crown sought 15 to 18 years, the defence six months to two years.
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He will be 42 years of age - when he gets out.  IMO - sick - the jury gave him manslaughter - not first degree murder.  This man made two attempts at taking her life.  Not one - but two.
Yet, he is found guilty of manslaughter by his peers.

JB
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: jobo on January 09, 2015, 06:04:20 PM
In my opinion, this sentence is not near long enough, he should be in jail for the rest of his life.
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: capeheart on January 11, 2015, 12:40:23 PM
Why wasn;t he charged with the death of the unborn child, he murdered two people and that is the law now. If a female is pregnant, the accused is usually charged with the murder of the unborn child. This is a horrendous crime and as you say, Atavan, I have take that and one is quite potent and that is a very low mg that I took. But 100mg, are you kidding me, that would kill someone without going into any water. He should have been charged with 1st Degree murder and the Crown should appeal this conviction. Why wasn't he charged with 1st D murder, outrageous. Domestic violence is rampant all over the world. I do hope that women are very careful picking their partners, can't even imagine some of the crimes that are being committed against innocent women or husbands in some cases. Why, because they can walk out the door and catch the bus at the corner. Take the kids and go to their parents or a friend's, murder is not the answer. Nobody wins, because they never get away with it and it is an unthinkable act against another human being. :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: SAP on January 12, 2015, 01:49:58 AM
He is getting away with double homicide! I am shocked.
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: Sap1 on September 14, 2016, 10:46:40 AM
Sounds like this murdering pervert scum has been released on bail, pending his appeal.

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/08/18/ex-pastor-convicted-of-manslaughter-in-drowning-death-of-wife-released-on-bail.html

A former pastor found guilty of manslaughter after his pregnant wife drowned in the bathtub has been released on bail pending appeal.

A jury acquitted Philip Grandine of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter after a two-week trial in December.

Superior Court Justice Robert Clark sentenced him to 15 years in prison, finding that Grandine surreptitiously drugged his 29-year-old wife Anna Karissa Grandine with the sedative lorazepam and allowed to her to take a bath despite knowing there was a high likelihood she would drown.

Karissa, as she was known to friends and family, was 20-weeks pregnant when she died on Oct. 17. 2011.

Clark found that Grandine, who was having an affair with one of his parishioners and had searched online for terms including “would 100mg of Ativan be fatal,” was seriously considering murdering his wife in the future.

Grandine's actions reached a “depth of depravity that beggars the imagination of any right-thinking person,” Clark said in his scathing ruling in January.

In a decision released last week, Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Robert Blair found that Grandine has “an arguable case to put forward” in appealing his conviction and his detention pending appeal is not necessary in the public interest.

“I recognize this will be troubling for family and friends of the victim and perhaps others. However, the ultimate result of this clear tragedy will be determined on the hearing of this appeal,” Blair wrote. “I am persuaded that the public interest in the administration of justice will not be undermined by the appellant’s release pending that determination.”

Grandine’s lawyer Michael Lacy says that a date for the appeal hearing is not yet set and that it may take about six months before the appeal is heard.

According to Blair’s decision, Grandine’s lawyer will argue that trial judge erred in his response to a jury question by introducing for the first time in the trial the idea that Grandine could have committed manslaughter by failing to stop his drugged wife from getting into the tub.

This meant the jury didn’t need to decide whether Grandine was the one who drugged his wife to make a finding of manslaughter, they only needed to find that he knew there were sedatives in her system.

This opened a new area of the case that Grandine had not had the chance to respond to, Blair said Lacy argued.

The Crown objected to this, arguing that the judge’s answer did not remove the issue of how Karissa got lorazepam into her system, and that in any case, the jury is not bound by the theories of the Crown, defence or judge.

Grandine was released on a $305,000 bail with his parents as sureties. The bail conditions require him to remain in his residence except when accompanied by one of his parents.

Blair noted that the Crown agreed that Grandine is not a flight risk and that he abided by the terms of his bail prior to the trial.
Title: Re: 28 YR OLD PASTOR MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE.
Post by: kathybarnes on September 15, 2016, 12:44:47 PM
disgraceful! this man needs HELP.