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Police accessed a dozen security cameras to piece together a suspect’s movements minutes before and after group home manager Ricardo Hibi was stabbed to death inside the foyer of a McGee Street home, jurors were told Tuesday.
Jurors were shown a series of video clips, including security video from inside the group home showing the attack on Hibi, that prosecutors say identify 23-year-old Kane Moar as the killer.
The video clips begin at 2:32 p.m., Dec. 17, 2018, near another McGee home associated with Moar. They end just 13 minutes later in a commercial parking lot on Ellice Avenue, showing a male wearing a black, hooded winter jacket.
In between those two points, at 2:35 p.m., is the attack on Hibi. Security video from inside the group home shows Hibi, cellphone in hand, walking up the basement stairs to answer the front door. Video from another camera in the kitchen shows Hibi opening the door, disappearing from view for a couple of seconds, then after a violent exchange, collapsing on the foyer floor.
Security video from outside the house shows a figure in black fleeing through the front yard after the killing.
Upon seeing footage of the killing, Hibi’s fiancée and another family member sobbed loudly before rushing out of the courtroom.
Moar wasn’t taken into custody until Jan. 6, 2019 when police cadets found him in the area of Ellice and Maryland Street and arrested him under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.
Const. Evan Kingston told jurors Moar, who had no identification, was taken to police headquarters "in hopes of identifying him." Police fingerprinted Moar, confirming his identity, and seized his black, North Face winter jacket.
Another city police officer, Const. Susan Roy-Haegeman, told jurors the jacket tested presumptive positive for blood and was sent to the RCMP forensic lab in Edmonton for further testing, along with DNA swabs taken from the two McGee addresses and a Toronto Street home associated with Moar.
On Monday, lawyer Sandra Bracken told jurors she was on the phone with Hibi at the time he was attacked.
Bracken said she heard Hibi say, "Hey man, this isn’t your house, get out of this house," followed by four or five "very loud bangs" and a different voice saying "Oh, f---."
Bracken said she heard no more talking after that, only "a wet, jagged sound, as if somebody was trying to breathe."
Bracken called 911 and police officers, already on patrol further up the street, arrived a minute later.
Hibi suffered three stab wounds to his chest, arm and hip.
Pathologist Dr. Raymond Rivera told jurors Tuesday the stab wound to Hibi’s chest penetrated his aorta and lung.
The trial continues today and is scheduled for three weeks.
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Updated on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:12 PM CDT: Removes accused first name after first reference.
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