Ac­cused told sis­ter to burn stuff, court hears

Sus­pect re­ferred to Ter­ror Squad, gang lingo in phone con­ver­sa­tions while in cus­tody

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY+REGION - BRE MCA­DAM bm­cadam@post­ twit­­bremc

The Crown has at­tempted to prove that Shaylin Suther­land-Kay­seas was a gang mem­ber when she killed 26-year-old Dy­lan Phillips dur­ing an at­tempted drug rob­bery in 2016.

Suther­land-Kay­seas, 20, told a Saska­toon po­lice of­fi­cer she didn’t plan to kill Phillips, but shot him dur­ing a scuf­fle at the front door of his home. She de­nied any in­volve­ment in the Ter­ror Squad (TS), a Saska­toon street gang at the cen­tre of her first-de­gree mur­der trial.

The charge of­ten hinges on prov­ing that a mur­der was planned and de­lib­er­ate, but the Crim­i­nal Code states a mur­der is also first-de­gree when “the death is caused by that per­son while com­mit­ting or at­tempt­ing to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence un­der this or any other Act of Par­lia­ment for the ben­e­fit of, at the di­rec­tion of or in association with a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

On Fri­day, the trial at Saska­toon Court of Queen’s Bench heard phone calls the ac­cused made while in cus­tody at Pine Grove Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

Suther­land-Kay­seas made ref­er­ences to the Ter­ror Squad and gang-re­lated lingo in­clud­ing “min­utes,” “city coun­cil,” and “flags.” She asked her sis­ter to send pho­tos of her friends but “No flags and no gang signs.”

She also told her sis­ter to burn ev­ery­thing in the trunk of her car. Dur­ing the video-recorded po­lice in­ter­view played on Thurs­day, Det. Sgt. Corey Le­nius in­formed Suther­land-Kay­seas that po­lice found Phillips’s DNA on clothes that were in the trunk.

Phillips was fa­tally shot on Oct. 14, 2016, when three peo­ple burst into his home in the 1400 block of Av­enue G North. Two of them, a 15-year-old boy and 25-yearold Trent Ray­mond South­wind, pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter and ad­mit­ted they were TS mem­bers at the time.

Ear­lier this week, a wit­ness tes­ti­fied she was kid­napped af­ter telling peo­ple that she over­heard Suther­land-Kay­seas brag about killing some­one, who she later learned was Phillips.

She be­lieved the ac­cused was a TS mem­ber.

A court ex­hibit photo was filed of a tat­too on Suther­land-Kay­seas’s hand with the letters “TS.”

A gang ex­pert is ex­pected to tes­tify when the trial con­tin­ues next week.

Clothing found in the trunk of Shaylin Suther­landKay­seas’ car. She’s on trial for the mur­der of Dy­lan Phillips.

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