The fate of accused murderer, Schuyler Vanwissen will soon be in the hands of a Winnipeg jury.
Vanwissen was charged with first-degree murder following the killing of Gina Swanson, 33, inside her Fort Garry home in May 2011.
She was found by her father with her hands bound behind her back and her head covered by a bag. She had been stabbed several times and strangled.
Court heard closing arguments from defence attorney Martin Glazer and Crown attorney Mike Himmelman on Monday.
Glazer argued there was no proof to put his client in Swanson’s house the morning of her murder. He said it was even possible that she was killed by drug dealers telling the jury about the bottles of alcohol and the marijuana stashed in her home.
Glazer tried poking holes into the Crown’s theory that Swanson was killed for Vanwissen’s ‘financial gain’. Her credit cards were stolen and used after she was murdered.
Glazer pointed out that there were no signs of a struggle and Vanwissen’s fingerprints were not found at the scene.
But, Himmelman shot back and focused in on a key piece of evidence – Vanwissen’s DNA.
It was found on an article of clothing used to tie Swanson’s hands behind her backs. It was also found on an internal swab taken from Swanson.
It’s the crown’s position that Swanson was sexually assaulted at the same time she was killed.
Justice Richard Saull will charge the jury on Wednesday before they begin deliberations.