A jury will decide the fate of 62-yearold Highlands East man Robert Anthony Ferguson next week.

Ferguson was charged with second degree murder in July 2019 following the death of 29-year-old Dysart resident Dylan Dahlke. A trial kicked off June 12 in a Lindsay courtroom, with Ontario Crown prosecutor Kent Saliwonchyk seeking the mandatory sentence of life behind bars.

“A conviction for second degree murder has a mandatory life sentence, with parole eligibility set by the judge between 10 and 25 years, depending on the circumstances of the offence and the offender,” Saliwonchyk told The Highlander.

Saliwonchyk noted evidence in the trial was completed June 16. Closing addresses by counsel will be made June 26, with jury deliberations to start June 27.

Maija Martin and Stephanie Brown of Toronto-based Martin Criminal Defence are representing Ferguson in the case. Justice Clyde Smith is presiding over the trial.