Matthew Ward Jackson aka Iisho: This photo came from a mysterious Twitter account active for only a few days
Last Thursday (June 29th), Matthew Ward-Jackson, accused of selling guns to Dellen Millard, took a plea deal. He was the last of The Three Matthews, charged with weapons trafficking back in April 2014, to settle his case and the second to plead guilty.
It was an anti-climactic ending to the Ward-Jackson tale, which I have been following ever since I discovered that crazy bong gun photo above on Twitter just over three years ago. At the time, I found it a strange coincidence that the man accused of selling Dellen Millard the gun allegedly used to kill his father (Source: Hamilton Spectator), who had reportedly been shot in the eye (Source: Toronto Sun), would have posted such a photo on his Twitter feed, mere weeks after Wayne Millard died on November 29, 2012.
What’s more, the Twitter account in question was only active for a period of five days in December 2012 while the photos it displayed were of a younger, pudgier Ward-Jackson, who was also less tattooed than the guy I would encounter at his various court hearings.
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On Tuesday May 23rd, the trial begins for Matthew Odlum, a 30-year-old Toronto man accused of trafficking the gun used to kill Dellen Millard’s father, Wayne. Very little is publicly known about Wayne Millard’s death beyond information contained in newspaper reports that he was shot through the eye with an illegal handgun.
Odlum and two other men — Matthew Wawrykiewycz and Matthew Ward Jackson — were arrested in April 2014, shortly before it was announced that Dellen Millard had been charged with the murder of his father, and that he and his friend Mark Smich had also been charged with the murder of Laura Babcock, a 23-year-old Toronto woman.
Matthew Ward-jackson still faces Millard-related weapons trafficking charges but his trial will not take place until August
In the three years that have elapsed since then, Millard and Smich have been convicted of the murder of Tim Bosma and there have been a number of developments in what has come to be known, among those familiar with it, as “The Three Matthews” gun trafficking case.
Why only one Matthew is on trial
Unlike his co-accused, Odlum faced just one set of criminal charges, which has made his journey through the legal system somewhat quicker (relatively speaking) and simpler. Thanks partly to this, Odlum’s case was “severed,” as the lawyers say, from those of his co-accused after a preliminary hearing.
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