Key DNA evidence has been presented at the trial of a man accused of killing a 73-year-old grandmother in 2011.
Thomas Brine, 29, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the sexual assault and killing of Elizabeth Lafantaisie.
An RCMP DNA expert testified his lab found semen on one of three vaginal swabs taken from the victim.
He told the jury that DNA taken from the semen matched Brine’s DNA profile. He estimated the probability that the test would match any other random Canadian is 1 in 68-trillion.
A police officer also testified he seized a backpack, a set of keys and Brine’s birth certificate from a Henderson Highway suite during the investigation.
Lafantaisie was killed in February of 2011. Court heard she was seriously sexually assaulted and strangled with a scarf. Her body was discovered in the trunk of her car, wrapped in a bag.
Sgt. Wesley Rommel, a homicide detective who was one of the officers present when Brine was arrested, also testified Wednesday.
He told jurors that when he told Brine he may be charged in Lafantaisie’s death, Brine replied, “Holy f—. What?”
Rommel said he then told Brine they weren’t saying for sure that he did it, but that they’re investigating, Brine said: “OK. Yeah. That’s intense”.
Jurors were shown the start of the video of Brine’s statement to the detective and his partner.
Brine can be seen sitting in the small room across the table from the two detectives in a white shirt with black detailing.
He told the pair he had not even heard about Lafantaisie’s murder.
Shortly after, when they ask him why he goes to the south end of the city, he admits he frequently goes there to break into vehicles, often while high on crack cocaine.
He admitted to breaking into vehicles in the Pembina Highway-University Crescent area around the time Lafantaisie was killed.
During its opening statement, the Crown told the jury that Lafantaisie was sexually assaulted and killed in a south Winnipeg parkade and that some of her belongings were found in a parkade on University Crescent.
The rest of the video will be played in court Thursday.