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US man in Canadian chemical case found not guilty

US man in Canada charged with possessing dangerous chemicals found not guilty

US man in Canadian chemical case found not guilty

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- A U.S. man was found not guilty Wednesday of possessing a dangerous weapon and threatening police after officers discovered hazardous chemicals in two locations in Canada.

Christopher Burton Phillips, 42, was arrested at an Ottawa hotel in January after police found a large stockpile of his chemicals at a home and cottage in Nova Scotia. The finding prompted evacuations in Nova Scotia and at the hotel where he was found.

His wife had notified police because of her concern about his irregular behavior.

Phillips had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is the ex-husband of former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller. The couple divorced in 2006 after seven years of marriage.

During the trial, the judge heard from a chemist who testified that it's questionable whether the osmium tetroxide that Phillips had could have been a useful weapon.

Phillips's lawyer, Mike Taylor, has said his client was joking when he sent an email to a friend suggesting he could throw some of the chemical at officers if they entered his home.

Updated : 2021-05-19 11:21 GMT+08:00