Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li Murder Tyler Pratt

Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li
Lucy Li And Oliver Karafa

Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li are two killers from Ontario Canada who would be convicted of the murder of Tyler Pratt

According to court documents Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li would meet Tyler Pratt and his partner Jordyn Romano at a warehouse in Stoney Creek Ontario under the guise of starting up a new business venture. However when the pair would arrive they would be ambushed

Tyler Pratt would be fatally shot and a pregnant Jordyn Romano would be shot in the chest however she was able to crawl to a nearby road and flag down help. Unfortunately the fetus would not survive

It turned out that Oliver Karafa owed Tyler Pratt millions of dollars that Karafa had no intention of repaying

Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li would fly to Hungary the next day where they would eventually be arrested and extradited back to Canada

The married couple would be convicted of the first degree murder of Tyler Pratt and the attempted murder of Jordyn Romano

A first degree murder conviction in Canada comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for twenty five years

Oliver Karafa And Lucy Li Case

A Hamilton jury has found Oliver Karafa and Lucy Li guilty of first-degree murder of Tyler Pratt and attempted murder of his partner Jordyn Romano in 2021.

Cheers erupted in the courtroom when the jury confirmed its verdicts from Romano and her friends and family. Romano sobbed, giving her mother a long hug.

“Bye Lucy,” Romano shouted as Li was led out of the courtroom.

Neither Karafa nor Li showed emotion as they learned the verdict. The Toronto residents stood at separate desks with their defence lawyers, the courtroom behind them packed with police officers, court staff and spectators watching the end of the seven-week trial.

The jury reached their verdict after less than a day of deliberations.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

The two couples were friends and business partners when Karafa and Li, who lived in Toronto, lured Pratt, 39, and Romano, 26, to a Stoney Creek, Ont., warehouse in February 2021 under the guise of a cannabis-growing business opportunity.

Pratt flew in from Vancouver for the meeting, also hoping Karafa would pay him back millions of dollars supposedly earned through other investments.

But Karafa, then 28, and Li, then 25, didn’t have Pratt’s money and actually planned to kill them.

They succeeded in murdering Pratt, but Romano, who was shot in the chest, managed to survive, crawling to the road and flagging down help. She was 13-weeks pregnant at the time and the fetus did not survive.

The jury reached their verdict after a seven-week trial that closed with Karafa admitting, through his lawyer, Peter Zudak, to firing as many as nine shots at Pratt and Romano.

But Zudak argued Karafa had no plan leading up to the shooting, or had created one that was so poorly orchestrated it didn’t meet the threshold for first-degree murder.

Karafa should be found guilty of second-degree murder of Pratt and not guilty for the attempted murder of Romano, Zudak said.

Li’s lawyer Liam O’Connor argued she was naive and had no idea Karafa was going to kill anyone, so she should be found not guilty of first-degree murder or attempted murder.

She was finally standing up for herself in court after years of Karafa manipulating her, O’Connor said.

Crown attorney Mark Dean, however, proved Karafa and Li created and carried out an intricate murder plot that ultimately fell apart when Romano survived.
The murder plot

Karafa and Li first met Pratt and Romano in 2020, the jury heard during the trial.

Pratt was an international drug dealer living a lavish lifestyle while Karafa was also a criminal entrepreneur with several schemes on the go.

Pratt invested roughly half a million dollars into a personal protective equipment venture run by Karafa at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was waiting on his returns, the jury heard.

Karafa and Li didn’t have the money yet, so they created various stall tactics and started planning the shooting, the Crown said.

In the lead up, Karafa and Li arranged to switch Li’s SIM card with a friend who’d stay at their Toronto condo around the time of the shooting.

They told their friend, who testified during the trial, that they were going to a secret business meeting not even their family could know about and said he should pretend to be Li.

Prosecutors say it was to create a “digital alibi” so if police were to track their phone calls and texts, it would show them far away from the warehouse, Dean said.

The jury also heard Karafa had plans to sell two vehicles, including an Audi he bought from a friend’s mom and Romano’s Range Rover, leading up to the shooting.

They used the Audi to drive to the warehouse and then got rid of it and Romano’s vehicle after attempting to kill her, the Crown said.
How the shooting played out

The plan went into action on the evening of Feb. 28, 2021.

The couples gathered at the warehouse, under the pretense of waiting for a real estate agent to meet them.

Romano, who took the stand during the trial, said she was sitting in her Range Rover with Li to warm up, Li, seeming nervous, got out of the car and cleared the way for Karafa to shoot Romano in the chest.

Karafa then shot Pratt, who was standing nearby, multiple times, killing him.

Karafa and Li left in Romano’s Range Rover to ensure nobody had heard the gunshots. When the coast was clear, they returned only to find Romano had disappeared.

Surveillance footage shows the Range Rover circling the area, with Li visible in one of the shots. They were “hunting” Romano, Dean said.

“After a full hour they decided to cut their losses,” Dean said. “What are the chances she crawls all the way from the back to the front of the parking lot, in the dead of winter, and finds life-saving treatment?”

But that’s exactly what Romano did.

When Karafa and Li found out she’d survived, they fled to Europe.

They were eventually arrested in Hungary a few months later and extradited back to Canada, making international headlines at the time.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/karafa-li-guilty-verdict-1.7213791

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