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Not enough evidence to convict rooming-house murder suspect: lawyer

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The jury that will determine the fate of Wanda Bruce was told this morning by the woman’s lawyer there was too much missing evidence to convict her of murder.

Solomon Turner bled to death in May 2011 following a fight with fellow residents of a Point Douglas rooming house.

Bruce, 34, is charged with second-degree murder for her role in Turner’s death.

A co-accused, Lloyd Lindsay, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given an eight-year sentence.

Turner bled to death within minutes after being stabbed in the back of his thigh.

A murder weapon was never found and no physical evidence linked Bruce to Turner’s killing.

Crown counsel Joanna Kostiuk reminded the jurors that a boy, who was 15 at the time, witnessed the three people fighting and saw Bruce pick up a knife and go with Lindsay and Turner into the basement.

But Defence counsel Greg Brodsky said no one knew what Bruce did in the basement and that the Crown had failed to call other potential witnesses who could have filled in the blanks of the story.

Brodsky said the boy’s testimony could not be trusted: the boy might have been shielding another resident who lived at the rooming house, and the boy repeatedly gave contradictory testimony.

Justice Colleen Suche will instruct the eight-woman, four-man jury Tuesday morning and then they will be sequestered until they reach a verdict.

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