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Murder conviction overturned, new trial ordered in runaway’s death

Photos of 22-year-old Dustin Moir, left, and his father, 54-year-old Jessie Blue West, are shown at a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on March 19, 2007.

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A B.C. man convicted of murdering a runaway teen off the Coquihalla Highway more than seven years ago will receive a new trial.

B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Elizabeth Bennett says the judge erred when giving the jury instructions about witness statements during the trial of Dustin Blue Robert Moir.

Moir was convicted in February 2010 of first-degree murder for his part in the death of 14-year-old Chelsey Acorn.

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She was apprehended by the provincial government and placed in 18 foster homes between March 2004 and March 2005, when she was seen for the last time by her social worker.

Hikers found her body at a campsite off the Coquihalla Highway in April 2006.

Moir's father, Jesse Blue West, was convicted earlier this month for participating in Acorn's murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

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