Ex­hibits la­belled at hit-and-run trial

Don­ald Brodie is fac­ing 5 charges in con­nec­tion with the death of news­pa­per car­rier Steve Ka­nia in 2013

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN -

A good part of Fri­day’s court time in the hit-and-run trial of Don­ald Brodie was spent on the te­dious and time-con­sum­ing task of num­ber­ing, nam­ing and la­belling 40 ex­hibits of ev­i­dence.

The lawyer for the Crown read out the num­ber and con­tents while the de­fence lawyer either agreed or dis­agreed with the as­sess­ment as Judge Martha Devlin looked on.

In the pris­oner’s box, Brodie seemed un­in­ter­ested in the pro­ceed­ings, do­ing some stretches and drink­ing from a plas­tic cup of wa­ter.

He was dressed in a jail-is­sued red T-shirt, which didn’t con­ceal his two full sleeves of tat­toos and inked neck, head and face.

Brodie is charged with five counts in con­junc­tion with the death of Cap­i­tal News news­pa­per car­rier Steve Ka­nia, in­clud­ing flight caus­ing bod­ily harm or death, crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing bod­ily harm and three counts of wil­fully re­sist­ing or ob­struc­tion a peace of­fi­cer.

On Dec. 6. 2013 Brodie is ac­cused of try­ing to evade po­lice in a late-night car chase through Rut­land that ended when Ka­nia was hit at the cor­ner of Dundee and Dun­das roads.

Ka­nia was badly in­jured and brain dam­aged.

Brodie tried to de­flect blame and then con­fessed.

But that con­fes­sion has been ruled in­ad­mis­si­ble be­cause po­lice vi­o­lated Brodie’s rights by not telling him he could speak to a lawyer be­fore his in­ter­view at the Kelowna RCMP de­tach­ment.

How­ever, a later cor­re­spon­dence sent by Brodie from his cell­phone to po­lice while in jail in Kamloops will be al­lowed into ev­i­dence.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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