It began with a robbery, turning into first-degree murder. The Crown presented its version of events to the jury on the opening day of Jasper Atienza, a Filipino man being tried for first-degree murder in the death of an alleged drug dealer in Canada.
PROSECUTORS ALLEGE FILIPINO SHOT DRUG DEALER IN REVENGE
According to Crown prosecutors, Noel Williams first robbed Atienza. In retaliation, Atienza gunned down Williams on a quiet residential neighbourhood near Bur Oak Avenue and McCowan Road in Markham, Ontario.
Crown prosecutors allege that Atienza and Laurie Phan planned the murder for a week.
Phan, an aspiring model at the time, knew both Atienza and Williams through the purchase and sale of illicit drugs, specifically crystal meth and marijuana.
ANOTHER FILIPINO TO TESTIFY AGAINST ATIENZA IN FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL
Another Filipino, Ace Diniega, was questioned by authorities. Deniega was a witness to the murder, and is expected to testify that he was with Atienza smoking crystal meth an hour before the murder.
According to Diniega, he was with Atienza in a downtown Toronto apartment an hour before the murder. Atienza left and returned with Phan.
Later on, Atienza called Deniega to watch the news to see if Williams was mention.
In Tagalog, Atienza told Deniega that Williams was “the guy we killed”.
INVESTIGATORS FIND GUNSHOT RESIDUE IN FILIPINO’S CLOTHING AND VEHICLE
Investigators seized a jacket from Atienza’s home on the day he was arrested, along with the BMW X3 that was used during the crime. Both tested positive for gunshot residue.
Williams’ younger sister, Marshell, testified that Phan came to see her brother. She said that the two spoke in the garage. After the conversation, she said that she saw her brother and Phan walk back to the vehicle, where she heard gunshots, saw her brother fall to the ground and Phan getting in the back of the car before leaving the scene.
Both Atienza and Phan have pleaded not guilty.
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