Yumna Afzaal, 15, Madiha Salman, 44, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, died after being grabbed by the murderer.
A guilty verdict on first degree murder charges leads directly to a prison sentence life without the possibility of parole before 25 years.
Judge Renee Pomerance will also have to examine the facts in within the framework of the procedures and could determine that the actions also constituted a terrorist act within the meaning of the law.
Such a designation would be a first in the country and could set a precedent and dictate the way in which justice deals with acts of violence motivated by ideologies or political ideals.
To reach this conclusion, the magistrate will be able to rely on all of the evidence presented at trial, on arguments from the lawyers in this case and on additional evidence that could be filed during another hearing which will take place on January 23.
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Christopher Hicks and Peter Ketcheson represent Nathaniel Veltman.
One of the murderer's lawyers, Peter Ketcheson, however, said he would oppose the designation of his client as a terrorist as soon as the verdict is pronounced. Such a designation could have an impact on possible hearings of the Parole Board, he said, emphasizing at the same time that any determination made by the judge could have repercussions on the type of services he will receive during his detention.
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