1 p.m., April 25)
Throat slash victim Michael Wassill died over $100, court
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Heights resident Michael Wassill died while trying to
protect a female friend from a self-styled pimp who needed
$100 to pay his rent.
is the takeaway from Carson Morins fourth day of
testimony at the Provincial Courthouse on Elgin Street.
Wassill was 20 years old when he was killed
while trying to protect a female friend from
the man responsible for his death. FACEBOOK
is on trial for first degree murder in connection with
Wassills death in May 2013 when his throat was slashed
during a scuffle in his Fernleaf Crescent home.
testified on Monday that he went to Wassills house
in the afternoon on May 15, 2013 to confront an exotic
dancer and petty drug dealer who days earlier, had moved
out of the Marenger Street condo they had shared together.
to Morin, the pair had a business arrangement whereby
the young woman, who cannot be named due to a court order,
gave him 50 per cent of the money she earned at the strip
bar she worked at, as well as a commission on all of her
used the money to help pay rent and condo fees, groceries,
utility fees, clothing, and other items and expenses including
often referred to himself as a pimp, not in
the legal sense of the word, but as a way to describe
his relationship to the young woman.
would often pick her up after work and they would split
her wages back at the condo.
of the arrangment, the young woman decided to break away
from Morin and moved in with Wassill on a temporary basis
several days before he was killed.
the fact they no longer lived together, Morin felt he
was still entitled to half of the young womans wages.
exacerbating the situation is the fact that Morin was
short $100 to pay the rent on May 15, partly because he
spent $200 the day before on clothing and other items
for a music video he was helping to produce for a protégé.
wanted to confront the young woman at the strip club in
the early morning hours of May 15, 2013, to collect his
money and officially end their business arrangment, but
she threatened to have the security staff at the bar throw
he decided to confront the young woman at Wassills
place later the same day, even though he was fearful that
he might get jumped by several of the young womans
Morin arrived at Wassills house he slipped a box-cutter
knife into the front pocket of his hoodie and put on a
pair of blue latex utility gloves a decision he
says he made on the spur of the moment to give him a greater
sennse of confidence in approaching Wassills front
driveway was empty when he arrived and no cars were parked
on the street that might have belonged to the men he was
worried might try to hurt
Morin approached the front door, he looked through the
window and saw the young woman sitting on the bottom of
the stairs. After he knocked, Wassill surprised him by
opening the door and asking what him what he wanted.
testified that Wassill raised his arm during their brief
conversation, which he took as an aggressive act. He responded
by pushing Wassill in the shoulder or chest. The momentum
caused by the push carried both of them into the front
foyer where a scuffle ensued.
for his safety, Morin pulled out the boxcutter knife and
started swinging wildly behind his back during which he
slashed Wassills neck. The 20-year-old died from
his wound and Morin was arrested a short time later.
was expected to finish his testimony on Tuesday, after
which he faced two or three days of cross-examin-ation
by the Crown.
arguments in the case are ten-tatively scheduled to begin
on May 8.
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