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.