A trial is underway for a Winnipeg man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend inside a Charleswood home.
Seymour Sharpe, 47, is also accused of killing another man named Ronald Debreo. He was staying with Natasha Jeffrey inside the house on Roblin Boulevard. Both were found dead on May 17, 2013.
The case is unusual because both sides agree it was Sharpe who struck the fatal blows. It’s in the “agreed statement of facts” filed by Crown and defence lawyers.
At issue is whether Sharpe had the intent to kill required to convict him of two counts of second degree murder.
He sat, wearing a suit, in the prisoner’s box as prosecutors began to lay out their case today by saying it “was not a whodunit.”
The first witness, John Dominique, was Jeffrey’s brother.
He said she came to Winnipeg from Jamaica when she was 17. She was married to another man before they divorced and she began dating Sharpe.
She and Sharpe dated for years, he testified, had broken up but were still in contact. For a time, Sharpe lived at the house on Roblin with her in a seperate room.
He told court his sister was worried about Sharpe at one point. He says he went over to the house and told Sharpe he needed to give his sister some space. He says Sharpe moved out.
He admitted under cross examination that Sharpe still loved his sister.
Dominique told court Debreo was a longtime friend of his sisters. He said they were “sort of” dating at one point. Debreo did not live in Winnipeg and had just arrived in the city to stay with Jeffrey for about five weeks, he said.
He described a get together in May 2013 where he was at the house on Roblin along with Debreo, Jeffrey, Sharpe and another friend.
He said he and the friend eventually left. He says Jeffrey told him her and Debreo were going for a walk and that’s the last words they spoke to each other.
Debreo and Jeffrey were found dead in the house. Sharpe turned himself into police the next day.
It’s still unclear how they died but prosecutors say medical experts and police officers will testify during the trial.
A final witness was a co-worker of Jeffrey’s. Prosecutors say she will describe a heated phone conversation that “foreshadows” what happened.
The trial is slated to last until May 13th.