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More confusing testimony from witness at murder trial

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The evidence portion of the Wanda Bruce murder trial ended this morning.

Closing arguments will be presented to the eight-woman, four-man jury Monday morning.

Bruce, 34, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of Solomon Turner two years ago.

Turner, 46, was found by police in the night of May 10, 2011, in the basement of the rooming house he shared with Bruce and several other individuals.

Turner had bled to death within minutes after suffering a fatal stab wound to the back of his thigh earlier that day.

A murder weapon was never found and no physical evidence was found linking Bruce to Turner's death.

Today ended with more confusing testimony from a 17-year-old boy who was visiting the rooming house that day and who was believed to be the only sober individual there.

Under questioning from both defence counsel Greg Brodsky and Crown prosecutor Joanna Kostiuk, the boy contradicted himself: first, saying Bruce and another resident attacked Turner as he tried to leave the house; then, saying Turner attacked Bruce, who wanted nothing to do with him.

The boy said Bruce was, and wasn't angry with Turner; that she was worried about Turner's well-being, and that she wasn't.

However, the boy was firm when he said he saw Bruce pick up a long, wooden-handled knife and went into the basement with Turner.

The boy said when he went into the basement to check on Turner a few minutes later, he found him unconscious and lying in a pool of blood. He said he told the others that he believed Turner was dead.

Brodsky ended the defense case without calling any witnesses.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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