The closing arguments began yesterday in the long-running Cory Vallee murder trial. On the first day, one of the prosecutors discussed case law she wants the judge to rely upon when she is evaluating the former gang members turned Crown witnesses.
I went back today to hear some of the evidence the Crown is arguing proves Vallee’s role not only in the conspiracy to kill the Bacon brothers, but also the February 2009 murder of their associate Kevin Eclair.
Here’s my story:
Other evidence at Vallee trial backs unsavoury witnesses, Crown says
When the United Nations gang was hunting the Bacon brothers and their fellow Red Scorpions a decade ago, it was not your average murder conspiracy, a prosecutor said in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday.
In fact, shootings and murders that went on for months could more accurately be described as a war, Crown Alex Burton said in closing submissions at the Cory Vallee murder trial.
“We have an unusual set of circumstances here. We essentially have a war going on between these two groups,” Burton said. “They are almost like tit-for-tat killings going back and forth.”
Vallee is charged with conspiring to kill Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie Bacon between Jan. 1, 2008 and Feb. 8, 2009, as well as the Feb. 6, 2009 murder of their associate Kevin LeClair.
Over months of evidence presented last year, four former UN gangsters-turned Crown witnesses pointed the finger at Vallee, telling Justice Janice Dillon that he was brought in as a hitman to kill the Bacons.
Vallee’s lawyers are expected to attack the credibility of those witnesses during their closing arguments next week, pointing to their admitted criminal histories.
But Burton told Dillon on Thursday that there is corroborating evidence for the testimony of the men, known only as A, B, C and D due to a sweeping publication ban.
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Source:: Vancouver Sun