Corey Tymchyshyn admits he's been plenty of things -- a cocaine user, a drug dealer, a liar and the owner of a violent temper who won't let anything stand in the way of getting what he wants.
But the Winnipeg man continues to deny he's a killer as his credibility comes under attack in court.
Tymchyshyn remained on the witness stand Wednesday facing pointed questions about the 2008 slaying of Chad Davis inside the garage of his West Kildonan home. Davis, 22, went missing for months, his body found stuffed in a barrel pulled from the Lee River.
Tymchyshyn, 37, and Kristopher Brincheski, 31, have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
On Tuesday, Tymchyshyn pointed the finger at his co-accused, saying Brincheski killed Davis in self-defence over a drug debt. Tymchyshyn claims he was not present at the killing, and his only role was helping his friend dispose of the body.
On Wednesday, Tymchyshyn's version of events was called into question by Brincheski's lawyer, Gerri Wiebe, in cross-examination.
"You made sure there was a trail that led somewhere other than you if the barrel was discovered," Wiebe told Tymchyshyn.
Brincheski is expected to take the witness stand today in what could be the final witness testimony of the month-long Queen's Bench trial.
Wiebe gave jurors a hint of what Brincheski might say, suggesting Tymchyshyn was the mastermind who killed Davis and then threatened to kill Brincheski if he didn't help dispose of the body.
"You told Kris Brincheski if he went to the police he was dead," said Wiebe. "You would kill him, his family, everyone he loved."
"That's not the case at all," Tymchyshyn replied.
She spent much of the day going over Tymchyshyn's past and questioning his character, suggesting he invented a story to cover his own guilty tracks.
Tymchyshyn admitted he often bragged to his criminal cohorts he was a "striker" for the Hells Angels who had killed two people in his life.
"If someone needed to be killed, I'm the one who does it," Tymchyshyn would say, jurors heard. On Wednesday, he claimed that was tough talk and he's never taken someone's life.
Tymchyshyn admits to getting into many fights, including one where he attacked his then-girlfriend while both were using cocaine and alcohol. The woman ended up with several injuries.
"We were poison for each other. It was a crazy relationship," said Tymchyshyn. He admits making threats along the lines of setting her on fire and "putting her in a barrel in a lake" if he caught her cheating on him.
Tymchyshyn also admits threatening to kill a male friend and the man's daughter in a dispute a couple years ago over a marijuana-grow operation he set up in the man's basement while he was on bail on the murder charge.
Tymchyshyn said the man was being reckless so he had to rein him in, which he did by making threats the man would meet a similar fate as Davis.
"The last guy that screwed up in a situation like this ended up in a barrel," Tymchyshyn admits saying.
Tymchyshyn has claimed Brincheski only killed Davis out of necessity, saying "he was fighting for his life." He called Davis a steroid-using, hot-tempered drug dealer who was angry about the $10,000 Brincheski owed him for cocaine.
He claims Davis started the attack by "pistol-whipping" Brincheski, who managed to grab a hammer and hit Davis on top of the head. Tymchyshyn claims he didn't witness any of this because he'd gone to a hydroponics store while the two men were in his garage.
Wiebe suggested Tymchyshyn never would have left his friend in such a dangerous situation and he must have been in the garage at the time of the killing.