Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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WINNIPEG - A defence lawyer says the memories of witnesses at a trial involving a man accused of shooting a 16-year-old girl in Winnipeg with a stolen police gun are --quote -- "drowning in alcohol."

Todd Bourcier made that assertion yesterday during final arguments in the case of Matthew McKay, who is charged with attempted murder and weapons offences.

McKay was arrested after Calli Vanderaa was shot in the chest at close range as she sat in a friend's car outside a south-end convenience store in October 2015.

The judge-alone trial heard that prior to the shooting, McKay and another man were at a garage party six kilometres away when they allegedly stole a gun and other items from an R-C-M-P truck parked in the area.

The pair then left on stolen bicycles for the convenience store.

The court was told people at the garage party had been drinking, and that Vanderaa and her friends had also been drinking. …

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