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First-degree murder trial slated in woman's killing

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One of two men accused of a planned and premeditated killing of a young, well-liked St. Vital woman will stand trial for first-degree murder, a judge has ruled.

Treyvonne Willis, 21, was committed by Judge Michel Chartier to stand trial Friday morning on the most serious charge in the Criminal Code. The decision was made at the end of a two-week preliminary inquiry in Manitoba provincial court.

Willis is accused of stabbing Kaila Tran, 26, to death on the morning of June 20, 2012. He is presumed innocent.

Preliminary inquiries are held to test whether the Crown's evidence against a suspect is sufficient to proceed to a trial.

Tran was attacked and stabbed on her way to her vehicle in the parking lot of her Clayton Drive apartment in St. Vital. The young woman's screams alerted neighbours, who witnessed the attack and saw a suspect run towards the Seine River.

Tran's ex-boyfriend, Drake Moslenko, 28, is also accused in her killing. Police have alleged Moslenko hired Willis to kill her.

Moslenko and Tran had recently split after a four-year relationship and were in a dispute, police said at the time arrests were made.

Moslenko was at the scene following the attack on Tran, sobbing and holding her hand as she lay on the ground bleeding.

Moslenko's murder charge remains before the preliminary inquiry court and no decision has been made yet regarding its status.

Details of the ongoing hearing cannot be disclosed due to a mandatory publication ban.

Willis was the first suspect arrested in the case and he was initially charged with second-degree murder.

Soon after, investigators rearrested him and accused him of the more serious offence, along with Moslenko. Willis remains in custody. No trial date has been set.

Moslenko, a former amateur baseball star and budding rap artist, was granted bail about two months after his arrest and has remained free on conditions since.

Given the allegations, many observers expressed surprise when the Crown elected to consent to Moslenko's release.

Moslenko's father posted a $100,000 surety and Moslenko has been under virtual house arrest with limited exceptions since being freed.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 A5

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