Crime scene clothing displayed
Sep 17, 2013 / 1:45 pm
Following three days of back and forth testimony between Brittney Irving’s brother and Joelon Verma’s defense counsel, the first degree murder trial settled into a more orderly fashion with a police officer taking the stand.
Cst. Dawn Sutherland is an exhibit officer with the Kelowna RCMP. She brought in many items from the crime scene, including the size 11 running shoes, shirts, pants and oversized jacket found on Irving’s body.
When held up in court, the forest green jacket appeared dirty, with a large stain on the back – supporting previous testimony that Irving had been shot twice in the back with a shotgun.
Verma took a long look at the jacket when Sutherland pulled it from the evidence bag and showed the court. He appeared to take interest in every piece of clothing and may have been taking notes.
Other evidence presented by Sutherland included various phones and phone records, including a Blackberry said to belong to Verma and the findings from Mike Roberts pickup truck, which the crown contends was borrowed by Verma to commit the killing.
A number of tape lifts taken from Roberts truck were also entered as evidence, but to Sutherland’s knowledge, they were never sent to a lab. Neither was a swab of blood taken from a box of Band-Aids found in a first aid case inside the cab.
The court also heard that police seized a shotgun from Robert’s son, and it is still in police custody.
Verma is accused of killing Irving in a drug deal that went bad, in April 2010.
Testimony is expected to continue for at least four more weeks.
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