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John Aubin's mother enters the courthouse. The mothers for both the accused and victim have attended all of the trial. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)
John Aubin's mother enters the courthouse. The mothers for both the accused and victim have attended all of the trial. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

Shooter was sober: RCMP

by Kelly Hayes - Story: 35720
Dec 4, 2007 / 1:00 pm

The doctor who did the autopsy on the body of a man who was shot to death has testified the victim died instantly.

Chris Doering of Kelowna was allegedly gunned down by his friend John Aubin in 2006.

Aubin is charged with second degree murder. He admits to the shooting, but maintains the gun went off by accident.

The forensic pathologist who did the autopsy has testified that Doering was shot once in the chest and that death was instantaneous.

He says Doering had a 4.5 centimetre hole in his upper right chest from the shotgun blast.

Doctor William Currie says the shotgun pellet penetrated Doering's rib cage and severed the aorta to his heart. He says Doering would have been dead within 10 seconds of being shot.

Meantime, the officer who arrested the accused has testified that Aubin didn't appear to be under the influence.

Corporal Alex Lynch testified that Aubin appeared to be very distraught, but sober when he was arrested.

The trial, which began last week, could wrap up by Friday.


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