Jury finds youth guilty of second-degree murder in 2019 death of Winnipeg woman Lise Danais OCN News

A jury has found a youth guilty of second-degree murder in the 2019 murder of Winnipeg woman Lise Danais following a month-long trial.

The jury sequestered on Wednesday afternoon delivered its verdict on Thursday evening. Dressed in a blue suit and tie, the youngster fell forward as the decision was read.

Danais, 51, was found in critical condition with brutal injuries at her Rockcliffe Road home near the Royal Canadian Mint on the morning of March 26, 2019. She was rushed to hospital but is died shortly thereafter.

A youth she knew was charged with her death about five months later. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder.

Second degree murder is deliberate murder that occurs without planning and carries a maximum sentence of seven years for a youth, some of which may be spent under community supervision.

Danais supporters and youngsters declined to be interviewed by media after the ruling.

The youngster stared at his supporters as he struggled to hold back tears. Some shouted “we love you” as he was taken into custody. Outside court, one of his supporters said “it’s an injustice”, while another said, “he’s an innocent child”.

He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and CBC News is not revealing certain details of the case because they could identify him.

Crown prosecutors Jennifer Mann and Erika Dolcetti said the teenager was the only person who had the time and opportunity to kill Danais and that she planned her murder carefully.

On the morning of Danais’ death, the teenager arranged for her dog, who was very protective of her, to come out of the house. The court heard the trial in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, presided over by Justice Anne Turner.

The youngster returned to Danais’ home about an hour later. He called 911 about 10 minutes later, saying he found Danais dead, the court was told.

Jurors were also told there was DNA evidence linking the youngster to the scene and CCTV captured no one except the youngster who was coming and going from Danais’ home the morning she was assaulted.

The youngster’s lawyer, Matt Gould, argued that the evidence against his client was mostly circumstantial and questioned why other possibilities had not been investigated further.

In particular, he argued that the police should have investigated another potential suspect, Danais’ colleague, more thoroughly, as Danais had filed a complaint against him and said she was afraid of him.

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