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Jury hears of drive-by shootings at Whitehawk murder trial

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The account of the person who advised court docket he was the driving force throughout two drive-by shootings was questioned by defence laywers.

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Two males wound up useless on Regina streets in late 2019. Tuesday, a Crown witness named Dillon Ricky Whitehawk because the killer.

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The person, who can’t be named in step with a court-ordered publication ban, testified that he was the wheelman in what he described to be two drive-by shootings. This account was put earlier than a jury listening to Whitehawk’s trial, because it entered its second week at Regina’s Delta resort.

Whitehwawk, 27, stands accused of two counts of first-degree homicide referring to the deaths of 27-year-old Jordan Gaiton Denton on Nov. 9, 2019 and 23-year-old Keenan Scott Toto on Dec. 1, 2019.

He pleaded not guilty to both counts when the trial began with jury selection on April 4.

The witness advised Crown prosecutor David Belanger that, in each cases, the autos had been crammed with members or associates of the Indian Mafia (IM) road gang.

In each cases, the witness stated that previous to the shootings, the victims had been requested questions on gang affiliation. With regard to Denton, the witness couldn’t recall something being stated till he referenced his police assertion.

Within the case of Denton, he felt that the occupants of the automobile had been “on the lookout for haters,” that means members of rival gangs. He advised the prosecutor the automobile used was a again, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier, and that each one members within the automobile carried the rank of “soldier,” throughout the gang, save for Whitehawk, who he stated was a “crew boss.”

Nonetheless, on cross examination, defence lawyer Thomas Hynes put it to the witness that the particular person within the entrance passenger seat was his girlfriend on the time and that she was a “crew boss.”

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The witness agreed that she as soon as carried that rank however he couldn’t say when.

Hynes later confirmed with the witness {that a} completely different lady from the automobile that night time bought “rid of the gun.”

A police witness previously told court within Regina street gangs it’s common for women to oversee the work of other women.

Hynes confirmed court docket a photograph of a Cavalier just like that described by the witness, asking the way it was attainable {that a} shot got here from the again seat, the place Whitehawk was stated to be seated, when solely the entrance window rolled down.

The witness remained agency that the gun was within the again seat and that it was not his former girlfriend or the opposite lady talked about who had completed the capturing.

Concerning Toto, after reviewing his police assertion, the witness advised Belanger that he felt Whitehawk had introduced the gun alongside within the automobile on the night time of the killing to “catch one other physique, I suppose.”

“Why was it useful for (Whitehawk) to catch one other physique?” the prosecutor requested.

“To maneuver up within the ranks, I suppose. To maneuver up,” the witness responded.

Nonetheless, Hynes later referenced the person’s police assertion, pointing to the place the witness had advised police his preliminary understanding was that they imply to rob a drug seller.

The witness then agreed that was his preliminary understanding.

He testified the gun used to kill Denton was a .22, and after reviewing his police assertion he stated the gun used to shoot Toto was an SKS.

A police witness later advised court docket she investigated a person described to be Whitehawk’s brother and claims that he was shopping for weapons for the IM.

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That man was charged and convicted with weapons trafficking for a prison group, she stated, noting he had bought, with a sound Possession Acquisition License (PAL), each a .22 rifle and an SKS.

The officer stated the serial variety of the SKS he bought from an area sporting items retailer matched the serial quantity on the rifle seized by police, in keeping with the officer.

Hynes put it to the person he described because the “getaway driver” that he was skilled in “realizing the best way to keep away from the blame in prison prices.”

The defence lawyer identified the witness is at the moment going through prices of robbing a enterprise with a loaded gun.

“Let me guess, the armed theft you’re charged with. It was the opposite man that largely did it.”

“Yeah,” the witness stated.

He’d beforehand advised Hynes he’d been concerned in road gangs since he was a teen, however is now in his 30s.

The defence lawyer then identified that, regardless of this, the witness wouldn’t establish what native road gang was recognized by the color purple, which he’d testified Whitehawk was sporting when he shot Toto.

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