It was 10 years ago today that a typical Greyhound ride turned tragic. Timothy McLean, a 22-year-old passenger on the bus from Edmonton to Winnipeg was stabbed, decapitated, and cannibalized by the man sitting beside him, Vince Li.
The driver and other passengers on the bus were able to escape but watched in horror as Li brutally murdered McLean. But now 10 years after the tragic incident, Li, who now goes by the name Will Lee Baker, is completely free and living in society.
In 2009, shortly after the murder, a judge found Li not criminally responsible (NCR) for the killing. This means that while there is no denying Li is guilty of the crime, he was not responsible for his actions due to mental illness. At the time he was committed to a psychiatric facility where he received treatment for schizophrenia.
Now, on the 10th anniversary of the brutal murder, Li is a free man, living in society with almost no restrictions. He lives independently, is not required to attend regular psychiatric evaluations, or follow any conditions.
A psychiatric review board, which is used in NCR cases, determined he was at low-risk for re-offending but the victim's family and the other passengers who were there that day are not convinced.
McLean's mother has attended various government meetings to call for changes to Canada's NCR laws saying that just because Li feels remorse and has gotten help, doesn't guarantee what could happen if he decided to stop his treatments.
As for the other passengers, many were understandably traumatized by what they witnessed 10 years ago. Some of the passengers attempted to sue Greyhound, the Government of Canada, the RCMP, and Li for damages in 2015 but ended up dropping the suit. There is also another lawsuit against Greyhound and the RCMP from the victim's family.
Li is free and according to experts is doing well now, but at the time of the trial, it was revealed by a psychiatrist that Li said he killed McLean because he heard the voice of God telling him that he was evil and needed to be executed.