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Author of the article: Thia James
Publishing date: Oct 04, 2021
A first-degree murder trial of a now 19-year-old man accused in connection to the city’s 16th homicide of 2019 began Monday.
The identity of the accused, who was a youth (17) at the time, is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He is also on trial for a charge of possession of a firearm while prohibited.
Crown prosecutor Melodi Kujawa’s argued Littlecrow’s death was connected to him visiting a rival gang’s “trap house.”
The trial is expected to last a few days.
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The first officer at the scene described finding Littlecrow wounded, moaning in pain and grabbing his back.
Const. Robert Stanviloff was dispatched at 7:22 a.m. after police received a call that someone had been shot. He said a sobbing female was on the ground next to Littlecrow, who lost consciousness and was transported to hospital.
They show a male in a black hoodie with white lettering and a distinct haircut leaving an apartment building, then sitting in a restaurant for several minutes. Video from the rear of a grocery store shows an encounter between two figures on Avenue X minutes later. One if them falls down and another quickly leaves.
Const. Shelby Georget, who had previously interacted with the accused youth, identified him as the male in a couple of the clips.
Defence lawyer Chris Gratton questioned whether Georget could see the accused’s distinctive face tattoo in surveillance footage from the restaurant. Georget said he could not see that clearly, but recognized the accused’s cheek structure.
The court is expected to hear testimony Wednesday from Eiryn Ashlee Straightnose, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison in connection with Littlecrow’s death.
The trial is set to continue on Tuesday.