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Davis called parents every day, mother tells court

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It was totally unlike Chad Davis to not call or communicate with his parents virtually every day — even at times when he had abruptly left town, his grieving mother has told a Winnipeg murder trial.

Lori Davis, the mother of Chad Davis testified as a Crown witness Thursday morning.

Prosecutors continue to build their first-degree murder case against Corey Tymchyshyn, 37, and Kristopher Brincheski, 31.

The men have pleaded not guilty and are presumed innocent.

Jurors continue to hear in-depth evidence about the 22-year-old victim's habits, personality traits and activities, including around his lifestyle as a city drug dealer.

It's become apparent a major building block of the Crown's case is showing how Davis's sudden disappearance on Feb. 6, 2008 just doesn't fit.

"I talked to him all the time," Lori Davis testified. "It was the norm for us to talk to Chad every single day," she said. "I think we got more calls when he was away," she added.

Also, Davis was "meticulous" about his possessions, including his vehicles, Lori said. He'd never lend them to anyone.

"Chad always made it clear to us he didn't trust his friends... he didn't lend anything out. He didn't trust anybody," said Lori.

Her testimony appeared to conflict with what Tymchyshyn told police about the last time he saw Chad, his friend and former roommate he bought cocaine from.

A Winnipeg missing persons investigator testified Tymchyshyn told him in a Feb. 19, 2008 interview that Chad had turned up at his home around the time he was last seen and left in a taxi. He also left behind his Jeep for another friend to come and pick up and use at a later time, jurors were told of Tymchyshyn's account.

It was unlike Chad to take cabs, Lori testified. She recalled warning him to use one and not drink and drive. His response: "'There's no f'n way I'm taking a cab, mom,'" Lori recalled.

Also, it was she and her husband who ultimately reclaimed Chad's Jeep from Tymchyshyn after going to his house to get the vehicle around Feb. 11, 2008, she told court. She said after parking it, she "poked her head" into the vehicle and noticed it only had some cleaning supplies, water bottles and a large speaker inside.

Chad's girlfriend testified the Jeep was packed full of things on Feb. 6, 2008 when he went to meet Tymchyshyn to give him a ride, but never returned.

Lori fully conceded her son was a difficult and defiant person who had trouble in school as a young boy and was secretive about his activities. She even told police trying to find him in March 2008 he was exceptionally narcissistic. Sometimes, he was mean, she told court.

She was aware of his cocaine dealing and had even kicked him out of the house for good after their home was once raided by police.

Still, she said: the longest Chad had ever gone without talking to his parents in some capacity was 48 hours — the exception being the time he was in the remand centre in 2007 and couldn't access the phone, she told court.

The last time she ever saw him was over Sunday dinner on Feb. 4, 2008. He didn't mention any plan to move to Calgary days later with his girlfriend, nor even that she was back in town, said Lori.

"The bottom line is we loved our little boy, we wanted to keep him safe," Lori told Crown attorney Keith Eyrikson. "For 22 years all we wanted to do is keep him safe and we couldn't."

Davis's body was found July 23, 2008. He had been attacked, his head fractured and his body stuffed into a barrel recovered from the Lee River outside Lac du Bonnet. A pathologist has testified it was likely he had been killed months earlier.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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