Team­mate re­count’s CFLer’s fa­tal shoot­ing

National Post (National Edition) - - CANADA -

C A L G A R Y • A for­mer team­mate of a Cana­dian Foot­ball League player who was shot to death iden­ti­fied the ac­cused as the man who pulled a gun out­side a night­club two years ago.

Nel­son Lugela, 21, is on trial for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of Cal­gary Stam­peder My­lan Hicks out­side the Mar­quee Beer Mar­ket in Septem­ber 2016.

The shoot­ing hap­pened af­ter a scrap over a spilled drink in­side the bar where Stamps play­ers were cel­e­brat­ing a vic­tory over Win­nipeg ear­lier in the evening.

Ja­mal Nixon tes­ti­fied Fri­day that he was out­side the bar talk­ing with Hicks and two other play­ers when they no­ticed an­other scuf­fle in­volv­ing wide re­ceiver Bakari Grant and a man in a white shirt.

“There’s a lot of shov­ing. There was a whole crowd there,” Nixon said.

“At that point ... I hear a bot­tle break and then as the bot­tle breaks we can see the guy in the white shirt — he’s like in the front of the crowd. He ends up pulling a gun out.”

Nixon said the man was stand­ing di­rectly in front of them hold­ing a hand­gun.

“We ended up all run­ning and I ended up run­ning into the ac­tual park­ing lot,” Nixon said. “I heard gun­shots at the time, roughly around three or four.”

Nixon was asked by the pros­e­cu­tion if he could iden­tify the shooter. “Yes, sir. That guy right over there,” he said as he looked at Lugela in the pris­oner’s box.

Nixon said the sus­pect and two friends took off in an SUV and Nixon went back to where Hicks was ly­ing be­hind a car.

He said an­other Stam­peder player, Derek Den­nis, was yelling out: “My­lan’s been hit! My­lan’s been hit!”

Nixon said he turned Hicks over and stayed with him un­til paramedics ar­rived.

A friend of Lugela’s tes­ti­fied the al­leged shooter con­fessed to pulling the trig­ger shortly af­ter shots rang out.

But in a lengthy cros­sex­am­i­na­tion by the de­fence, Dar­win Con­cep­cion ac­knowl­edged that he was drunk on the night of the shoot­ing and is still try­ing to piece to­gether what hap­pened.

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