Murder trial continues for pair accused after body found in burned out home
Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:29PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, September 6, 2018 7:03PM CST
The murder trial for two people accused in the death of Ryan Sugar continued on Thursday.
Sugar’s body was found in a burned out home in the 1500 block of McTavish Street on Oct. 11, 2016, nearly a week after the house caught fire on Oct. 5.
Two months after Sugar’s body was found, three people were charged in connection to his death. Gregory Wolfe and Colinda Hotomanie are currently on trial for first-degree murder.
On Wednesday, the Crown presented opening arguments, telling the jury they should expect to hear evidence that Sugar was locked in a bathroom and the fire in the home was deliberately set.
Two firefighters testified Wednesday that they were unable to safely search the home on Oct. 5 due to structural damage.
On Thursday afternoon, court heard from two members of the Regina Police Service. Cpl. Keith Malcolm testified that he took photos of the burned home on Oct. 26, and shared photos of a red and black jacket with burn marks found inside the home.
One of the lead investigators in Sugar’s death, Sgt. Troy Davis, took the stand to review security footage from a number of sources. The first video showed Sugar and Wolfe entering a liquor store on Dewdney Avenue around 4 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2016 — the day before the fire. Wolfe is wearing a jacket like the one shown in Malcom’s photos.
Other videos place Sugar and Wolfe at various places throughout the day on Oct. 4. Sometimes the pair was together and sometimes they were apart.
The defence argued the footage was mundane and showed everyday life. Lawyers also argued that police wouldn’t be able to clearly identify anyone in some of the footage.
The trial is expected to last four weeks.
CTV Regina’s Cole Davenport is at the courthouse.