06/07/2012 11:13 EDT | Updated 08/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Supreme Court will hear case of man who walked free in drug shooting

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of a man from Cambridge, Ont., who was acquitted of first-degree murder after a key witness recanted his statement.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Yousanthan Youvarajah should face a second trial in the 2007 killing.

Youvarajah appealed that decision and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after an oral hearing today.

Youvarajah and a youth were charged in the death of a small-time drug dealer.

The youth implicated Youvarajah in a signed statement and was allowed to plead to a lesser charge.

At Youvarajah's trial, the youth changed his story and the trial judge ruled the signed statement was not reliable, leading to the acquittal.