Firearms expert testifies at first-degree murder trial

A first-degree murder trial heard evidence about a sawed-off rifle related to a police investigation Friday.

Lenny Lavallee, 34, is charged in the 2016 death of Nicole Leanne Cooney.

The 30-year-old woman was fatally shot in April 2016 in the area of 117 Avenue and 128 Street. At the time, police said Cooney and Lavallee were known to each other, but not in a relationship.

Edmonton police have charged Lenny Lavallee with first degree murder after a 30-year-old woman was gunned down north of downtown Edmonton Monday. PHOTO SUPPLIED ORG XMIT: dkWOYTtgxu5BUkkoqGpz

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Lenny Lavallee

The trial, which began Monday and was scheduled to run for three weeks, heard evidence from witnesses for the Crown’s case during the first four days of the trial.

Lavallee sat in the prisoner’s box Friday dressed in a black button-down shirt, listening to evidence by Megan Evoy, a firearms expert who works with RCMP in British Columbia. Evoy gave evidence about a rifle and a fired bullet sent to her for examination as part of the investigation into Cooney’s death.

Evoy told court the scratched and dented .22-calibre rifle had been cut down at the butt stop and the barrel.

The gun fired when tested, but the spent bullet Evoy was sent to examine along with the rifle was too damaged and “overmarked” to determine if it was fired by that particular gun.

“The rifle could neither be identified or eliminated as having fired the bullet,” Evoy said.

A medical examiner and a gunshot residue expert were expected to be among witnesses called by the Crown during the trial’s second week.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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