Friday, June 18, 2010
Jurors told of alleged confession against teen on trial for second degree murder
A 19-year-old man on trial for the 2006 beating death of Spence Street resident Audrey Cooper confessed to a friend he urinated on her before she died, a court heard Thursday.
“He said he p---ed on her,” a then 13-year-old boy told police in a video statement played for jurors.
“He said he kicked her a couple of times and left and (three female co-accused) finished her off.”
The boy told police the male, charged with second-degree murder, and a female co-accused both told him of their involvement in the killing and said they were afraid of getting arrested.
“She was saying they were going to get caught but she didn’t say what she did,” the boy told police. “(The male accused) was trying to get her to keep quiet because she kept talking about it.”
Court heard police picked the boy up at school and interviewed him at the Public Safety Building after learning he may have had information about the killing.
“He related he’d like to co-operate as what they did was wrong,” Winnipeg Police Service Sgt. Dave Bessason told court. “The only concern he had was he wanted to be back in time for the school dance.”
The boy — now 17 and in custody on unspecified charges — told court last week he had no memory of discussing Cooper’s death with the accused or of his subsequent dealings with police.
The accused was one of four youths arrested in the killing of Cooper. Two girls, both 14 at the time of Cooper’s death, have since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
A third girl, 12 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. She is expected to testify against the accused.
The Crown alleges the youths attacked Cooper on her porch after she returned home from a trip to a convenience store to buy a lottery ticket.
Cooper was beaten and stripped naked. She suffered more than 60 distinct injuries, including seven broken ribs, a punctured liver and a severed ear.
I would like to know more about the defence lawyer's arguments and statements and cross examination. It is skeptical though, that the boy stated last week that he had no memory of that conversation and now he says he does remember. To me, his testimony does not seem credible.