Sunday, April 09, 2006

Press Clippings--Part XXXIV

Jury still deliberating in murder trial

The Gazette, April 09, 2006

The jury in Martin Morin-Cousineau's second-degree murder trial finished deliberating yesterday without reaching a verdict, causing increased anxiety in the victim's family.

The seven men and five women have been sequestered since Thursday at 2:45 p.m., trying to decide whether to acquit or convict the 31-year-old in the death of Kelly-Anne Drummond.

The defence argued Drummond was hit accidentally by a steak knife, which flew out of Morin-Cousineau's hands on Oct. 3, 2004. Lawyer Sacha Blais said Drummond then slipped on a 7up bottle, and fell against the stove door, which then shoved the 9.5-centimetre blade deep into Drummond's skull.

She was declared dead two days later.

Crown prosecutor Helene Di Salvo argued Morin-Cousineau deliberately stabbed Drummond, 24, because she wanted to end their relationship.

Deliberations continue today.

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