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Chemical weapon: verdict expected in case of man with chemical stockpile

HALIFAX - A verdict is expected today in the trial of a Halifax man accused of threatening police with a rare, dangerous chemical.Christopher Phillips was arrested inside an Ottawa hotel on Jan. 21 after police found a large stockpile of his chemicals in two locations in Nova Scotia.Phillip's case made national headlines because the finds prompted evacuations in Nova Scotia and at the Ottawa hotel where he was found.The accused has pleaded not guilty in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to threatening police officers and possessing a dangerous weapon — the chemical osmium tetroxide.During the trial, Judge David MacAdam heard from a chemist who testified that it's questionable whether the osmium tetroxide that Phillips had could have been a useful weapon.However, the officer who sought a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Phillips testified that he feared the accused would harm officers if he was stopped during his trip to Ottawa.Phillips' 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.

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