1 p.m., April 29)
lays out case against Michael Wassill's accused killer
during cross examination
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
his first three days on the witness stand, accused murderer
Carson Morin told the jury that he was scared to death
when he went to Michael Wassill's Fernleaf Crescent home
on May 15, 2013.
went to Wassill's house in Queenswood Heights hoping to
get his share of the money earned by an exotic dancer/business
partner who had moved out of their shared condo days earlier.
Wassill was 20 years old when he was killed
while trying to protect a female friend from
the man responsible for his death. FACEBOOK
Morin never got his money, instead he slit Wassill's throat
in what he contends was self-defence after the 20-year-old
had "trapped" him inside the house and had him
in a bear hug from behind.
inflicting the fatal injury on Wassill, Morin ran as fast
as he could and sped away in his car. At least that's
what he told the jury under questioning from his defence
lawyer. This week it was the Crown's turn.
three days of cross examination, Morin stuck to his story,
even though it has been challenged by testimony given
earlier in the trial by the female witness who cannot
be named under a publication ban, but who saw the incident
from mere feet away.
to the young woman, she was sitting on the bottom of the
stairs leading upstairs when Morin knocked on the pane
of glass beside the front door and motioned her towards
didn't move. Instead, Wassill went to the door, opened
it a "crack" and told Morin to leave, or he
would call the police.
that point, young woman testified that Morin forced his
way into the house by pushing Wassill backwards. Wassill
pushed Morin back and the two briefly struggled before
she saw Morin raise his arm and move his hand across Wassill's
throat area. She didn't notice anything in Morin's hand,
but she did see the result as Wasssill grabbed his throat
to try and stem the bleeding. She started screaming hysterically
at which point Morin ran out the door to his car.
his own testimony, Morin said that he was afraid that
he was walking into a trap. In order to boost his confidence
he put on a pair of blue latex utility gloves. He also
took a box-cutter-style knife from the console of his
car and placed it in the middle pocket of this hoody.
Wassill came to the door, Morin testified that he told
him he was only there to get his money, at which point
Wassill raised his left arm in what Morin described as
a treatening motion. He responded by pushing Wassill forcefully
in the chest while stepping up from the landing to the
than forcing his way inside, Morin said his momentum omehow
carried his weight through the doorway and into the front
inside, Morin testified that Wassill pushed him backwards
against the door, forcing it to close and "trapping"
him inside. Wassill than grabbed him from behind in a
for his safety, Morin sais he fumbled for the box-cutter
in his pocket and in one motion pulled it out, extended
the blade, broke out of Wassill's grip and swung wildly
behind him at should height as he spun around. When he
saw that Wassil was bleeding from his throat he ran away.
is how Morin explained what happened under questioning
from his lawyer.
cross examinaton, the Crown Attorney Lia Bramwell tred
to paint a different story. She contended that Morin went
to Wassill's house to teach Wassill and the young woman
a lesson, and that he put on the blue latex gloves so
that he wouldn't leave any fingerprints.
Morin's repeated denials, Bramwell pointed out that it
wasn't possible to merely push someone in the chest and
end up in the foyer without intending to gain entry in
the first place; and that by stepping up from the landing
to the threshold as he pushed Wassill, was evidence of
that very fact.
also disputed Morin's testimony that the door had closed
behind him, thus "trapping" him inside the house.
She pointed to forensic evidence presented earlier in
the trial, which showed blood spatter on the door frame
and the outside of the door, as proof that the door must
have been open during the scuffle and up to the point
Morin slashed Wassill's throat.
Bramwell demonstrated the difficulty of placing one's
hand inside the front pocket of a hoody, grabbing a knife
and pulling out, if your arms are pinned against your
sides while in the grip of a bear hug.
arguments in the case will be made next week before the
jury goes into deliberation, but the Crown's case has
already been made clear. Morin went to Wassill's house
intending to kill the young woman and anyone else who
got in his way.
than being afraid, the Crown contends that Morin was angry
the young woman had moved out, thus ending their "business
arrangement" under which she gave him half of her
earnings as an exotic dancer and part-time drug dealer.
"You lost your meal ticket," Bramwell suggested
to Morin who had no other source of income at the time.
the final day of cross examination, Morin countered the
Crown's case by once again denying that he intended to
harm the young woman who moved out on him.
just wanted to get my money and get out of there,"
arguments and instructions to the jury are expected to
be made on May 9.
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