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Jury hears of alleged death threat

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As threats go, they likely don't get more chilling: A man accused in a brutal killing where the victim was found stuffed in a barrel warns another the same cruel fate could befall him.

But whether Corey Tymchyshyn gave Allan Hallson this deadly warning in fall 2012 remains a major issue of credibility a Winnipeg jury must now sort out.

Hallson, 55, testified Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial in the death of Chad Davis, 22.

Davis, a drug dealer and Tymchyshyn's friend, was found dead inside a barrel fished out of the Lee River in July 2008. He had been struck in the head several times with an object, possibly a hammer, a pathologist found.

Prosecutors allege Tymchyshyn, 37, and his then-business partner, Kristopher Brincheski, 31, killed Davis in a Prince Rupert Avenue garage months earlier and dumped his body. They have pleaded not guilty and are presumed innocent.

Hallson testified he worked for Tymchyshyn as a general contractor over the summer and into fall 2012. The two spent many hours together driving to and from job sites, he said.

Hallson said at Tymchyshyn's insistence, he constructed what became a 100-plant marijuana grow operation in the basement of a rented home on Manitoba Avenue.

But a party Hallson threw there drew Tymchyshyn's ire, Hallson said, ostensibly because the secrecy of the grow-op was put in doubt.

It led to an angry confrontation where Tymchyshyn made an ugly death threat, he testified.

"He said that he shot his friend and put him in a barrel, so he said I'd end up in the same way," Hallson said. "He said he had the body bags already in the truck -- garbage bags to dispose of the body."

Hallson also recalled for the jury what he claims Tymchyshyn had said months earlier, regarding what he'd done to a nameless "friend."

"He had shot a person over a drug-op, a grow-op," Hallson said of Tymchyshyn's comment.

"He had put him in a barrel and put him in a river by a cottage," Hallson said.

Hallson's daughter testified she was present during the angry confrontation between her father and Tymchyshyn -- whom she had met many months earlier and thought was "a decent guy."

The dispute happened just after she and Tymchyshyn met at a Junior's Restaurant to talk about her father's situation, she said. "He told me the last person that f'd up ended up in a barrel," she said.

"It was an odd thing to say. It was a very definite statement," she said. "I felt our lives were in danger." She ultimately went to the RCMP about her concerns.

Hallson faces charges after the grow-operation was busted on Nov. 2, 2012, but said he was offered no deals to testify, despite initially asking police for one.

He conceded he was a drinker back then, but chafed slightly at defence lawyer Roberta Campbell's suggestion he was a "chronic alcoholic." He conceded Tymchyshyn said little to him about his personal life, prompting Campbell to wonder aloud why he would tell Hallson about killing someone.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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