Tensions rise during Verma trial
Sep 13, 2013 / 3:45 pm
In a scene that could be construed as extremely unprofessional, defence counsel Alexander Watt began to literally laugh out loud during his cross examination of a witness during testimony at Joelon Verma’s first-degree murder trial.
The witness at the time was Joze Macculloch, the brother of Brittney Irving, a missing girl who was found shot to death in April 2010.
At the time of his outburst, Watt had been grilling Macculloch about his previous drug use and somewhat extensive criminal record. Tensions began to rise between the two, as McCullough grew defensive over the tone of Watt’s questioning and finally snapped back, admitting his life did fall apart once his sister was killed.
Watt began to laugh, which only infuriated Macculloch more as he asked, “what do you find so amusing, sir?”
Justice Alison Beames finally put an end to the situation, reminding Macculloch to answer the questions being put to him and chiding Watt for his actions in the courtroom.
Earlier in his testimony, Macculloch told the court he had never met Verma, but was aware of a man called “Joey”, who Irving was setting up a drug deal with.
The only interaction he ever had with “Joey” was during a phone call. After Irving failed to return from a meeting with “Joey”, Macculloch found a cell phone in the hotel room they had rented together, he scrolled through the phone and called a contact listed by that name.
Macculloch testified that he asked the person on the other end where she was, but that person only replied that she never showed up. After that, there was no other contact.
Copy of text message correspondence between Macculloch and Irving was also read aloud in court. It detailed the days leading up to her disappearance and how Irving was setting up a large drug deal and Macculloch was worried about her safety.
The emotional testimony continued with Macculloch tearing when asked by the crown how he felt contacting the police to inform them of his sister’s disappearance.
“Not good, my baby sister was gone. How do you think I felt?”
The trial continues on Monday.
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