Jail­house video cap­tured homi­cide: pros­e­cu­tor

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The killing of a Cal­gary Re­mand Cen­tre in­mate was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance video, a pros­e­cu­tor said Mon­day.

Crown lawyer Todd Buziak, at the start of the first-de­gree mur­der trial of Mar­lon Rex Ledesma, told court Alvin Clif­ford Chini­quay died from hav­ing the blood sup­ply to his brain cut off.

Ledesma is charged in con­nec­tion with the Sept. 9, 2016 death of Chini­quay.

Buziak said the deadly en­counter, which was shown in ev­i­dence, be­gan around 9:16 a.m.

“What makes this case unique ... is that al­most the en­tirety of the case will be con­tained in the video,” he told Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice John McCarthy.

In the video, en­tered as an ex­hibit through cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer Chris Ban­nis­ter, it ap­pears as if one in­di­vid­ual grabs an­other in a choke hold be­fore at­tempt­ing to stran­gle the vic­tim.

A sec­ond cor­rec­tional of­fi­cial said he re­ceived a call from Ledesma from an in-cell call box around 9:30 a.m.

“I asked what he wanted and he

What makes this case unique ... is that al­most the en­tirety of the case will be con­tained in the video.

replied he was hear­ing voices at the time,” De­nis Mer­tyn tes­ti­fied.

Mer­tyn said he couldn’t re­call clearly, but Ledesma said he was go­ing to hurt some­one, or had done so.

Be­fore Buziak’s open­ing ad­dress, Ledesma, who is rep­re­sent­ing him­self, had the charge read to him and was asked for a plea.

“It was a di­rect or­der,” was his re­ply to the ques­tion of whether he was guilty, or not guilty.

Buziak said he’ll call eight wit­nesses in his case.

While Ledesma is act­ing for him­self, McCarthy has ap­pointed de­fence coun­sel Ge­orge Sirois to act on the court’s be­half.

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