Montreal Gazette

Court told accused murderer asked if anyone else `wants a turn'

- PAUL CHERRY pcherry@postmedia.com

Denis Leblanc, the man on trial on charges alleging he murdered his sisters three years ago in the Mercier—hochelaga-maisonneuv­e borough, stood on his balcony after the two women were killed and asked if anyone else wanted a turn.

The jury hearing Leblanc's trial on Friday was shown a brief video recorded by Carl Boisvert, one of Leblanc's neighbours.

Boisvert said he stood on a balcony that looked out toward the back of the duplex where Leblanc lived on Ontario St. E. after hearing two shots fired while he was working from home on his computer just after noon on Oct. 3, 2020.

When he ventured outside, he saw a neighbour looking toward the duplex where Leblanc lived. Boisvert said he reposition­ed himself and, with his phone in hand, he spotted Leblanc and began recording images of him while he held a rifle.

“I heard him say: `Is there another who wants a turn,' ” Boisvert said.

Leblanc's chilling comment is heard on the video. The focus of Boisvert's camera was tightly on Leblanc. What is not visible is the body of Diane Leblanc, 61, on the other half of the balcony. The body of Sylvie Leblanc, 56, ended up at the bottom of the stairs to Leblanc's balcony, and it is also not visible in Boisvert's video.

On Thursday, the jury was shown two other videos. They were recorded by Karine Larouche, another of Leblanc's neighbours. She testified that she also heard the first two shots and recorded video from her balcony. In one video, Leblanc is seen reloading his rifle before he descends the stairway to his balcony. He lifts his leg at the bottom of the stairway, possibly to step over Sylvie Leblanc's lifeless body. In the second video, Leblanc is seen using the rifle seconds after he reloaded to smash in the window at the home of a woman he knew.

The woman testified earlier in the trial and said she was “faceto-face” with Leblanc before he smashed in her window. She also said she could hear the sounds of shots being fired as she ran for her life outside the front of her duplex.

On Friday, Boisvert said he heard what sounded like seven shots being fired after Leblanc entered the woman's apartment.

The first witness to testify on Friday was Caroline Tanguay, a forensic pathologis­t who performed the autopsies on both bodies.

“It was one of those cases where I didn't have to wait for the toxicology reports (to determine the causes of both deaths),” Tanguay told the jury.

She was referring to how the sisters were both shot in the face with a high-calibre firearm.

The pathologis­t also said that, in Sylvie Leblanc's case, there was no doubt she died immediatel­y.

While answering questions from prosecutor Pierre- Olivier Bolduc, Tanguay said there were no indication­s left on the bodies that would allow her to determine how close the shooter was when he fired the rifle.

The trial resumes on Monday.

 ?? COURT FILES ?? Denis Leblanc is pictured in video shot by a neighbour on Cadillac St. reloading his rifle after he is alleged to have killed his two sisters. He then fired more shots at a neighbour's home.
COURT FILES Denis Leblanc is pictured in video shot by a neighbour on Cadillac St. reloading his rifle after he is alleged to have killed his two sisters. He then fired more shots at a neighbour's home.

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