Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Finished Hearing Evidence in Trial for Man Accused of Killing Tina Fontaine

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jury Finished Hearing Evidence in Trial for Man Accused of Killing Tina Fontaine

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Jury finished hearing evidence in Winnipeg murder trial

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WINNIPEG - A jury has finished hearing evidence in the trial of a man accused in the death of an Indigenous teen whose body was found wrapped in a duvet filled with rocks in Winnipeg's Red River.

The defence has closed its case without presenting any evidence in the second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, who is 55.

Cormier is accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose 2014 death sparked renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The jury has heard that Tina was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but went to Winnipeg to visit her mother and became an exploited youth.

Court was told there were no witnesses to Tina's death and no DNA linking her to the accused, while experts testified they don't know how she died. …

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