Kevin Mantla found guilty of second degree murder, attempted murder

Kevin Mantla has been found guilty of second degree murder and attempted murder in a 2015 attack that claimed the life of Elvis Lafferty and seriously injured his partner – the now convicted killer’s ex-girlfriend. Members of Lafferty’s family, who regularly sat front row in court during the three-week-long trial that ended in February, broke...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at