WINNIPEG – A jury in a murder trial at the Law Courts has heard testimony from a man who was just a few feet away from the victim that was shot dead in the West End.
Jordan Houle, 24, was gunned down just after midnight on September 29, 2012 in the 600 block of Maryland Street.
Kyle Lessard told court Tuesday morning he was with Houle and a few other friends that night, drinking at a rooming house on Sherbrooke Street.
Lessard said Houle, another friend and himself went on a beer run and while walking he noticed Houle drop to the ground.
Lessard testified he couldn’t remember if he heard a shot, but does remember turning around seeing Houle on the ground and a man with a sawed-off long gun.
Lessard said he hopped a fence and ran away.
Defence lawyers called Lessard’s memory into question after he mentioned he saw someone earlier in the night and told police that person was the gunman. But, during testimony Lessard said he just assumed they were the same person.
Michael Frank Okemow has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting.
Another witness testified that she heard a gunshot that night while reading in her bedroom.
She ran to the living room window and saw three men outside. One was on the road with what looked like sparks coming from his hand, which she assumed was coming from a gun.
She saw one man drop to the ground before running to her cellphone to call 911.
The trial is expected to last five weeks.