Testimony resumes at trial of man accused in death of yoga instructor

Howard TerryApr 07, 2018

"Doing what I cannot to be home".

Anna Gilkerson, who owns a clothing store in Halifax, told the 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that Johnston was a patron of her store, and that they had mutual friends.

Speaking in the aftermath of her daughter's death, her mother Andra Brannigan said that the young woman will be "sadly missed by us all". She described Johnston as "the brightest light".

She said Johnston, 32, talked about ending her relationship with Butcher, and about having one last summer in Halifax before moving to Tofino, B.C., to be closer to her sister. She said Johnston was feeling "trapped" because she had let Butcher move into her home in Purcells Cove. "I feel so trapped here it's nuts".

Crown attorney Tanya Carter has told the jury the medical examiner found Johnston died of 10 sharp-force wounds to her neck. He has pleaded not guilty. They made a decision to have her flown to Cook's Children Medical Center where she was pronounced dead the next day.

Conoley read a message Johnston had sent him: "I'm panicking. My world is never going to be complete until I do". He told the court Johnston said she was "in too deep" and she was "terrified".

Briscoe told police that after he had given the girl a bath Ava's head suddenly slumped down and her eyes rolled back. Conoley said he advised her to end the relationship and not let it linger.

Over a few beers, Whiston said she asked him how to break up with someone. Prosecutors said she didn't speak English well enough to use the slur. Kristin's life ended in tragedy, and the evidence points to Mr.

"She was glowing and happy and having a really good time", she said, adding that Johnston had told her she didn't want to go home that night because she didn't want to see her boyfriend.

The Crown expects to call some 40 witnesses in a case that has been scheduled to run for 20 days.

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