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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

David Latchana Murder Trial

Lots of trials going on this summer. David Latchana’s murder trial began and originally it was being said he was killed for being a snitch. Demar Duntin, the accused insisted he shot and killed David Latchana because Latchana had punched his friend, not because he believed Latchana was a "snitch. Duntin, 23, is already serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Jason Hay, 21, is on trial and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Jason Hay is said to have passed the weapon to Duntin who did the actual shooting.

David was shot to death outside a Malton house party back in Nov 2007. A friend to both Duntin and Hay testified that he had heard both men stating they were going to kill David but he didn’t take it seriously. The friend also was beaten up by Latchana a day before his murder, but said his ego was not bruised in the process. The defence testified he tried to keep himself out of the mix in order not to be charged.

Duntin is testifying that Jason Hay was not with him at the time of the murder although David’s sister testifies that Hay was there but he did not pull the trigger. Crown witnesses have also identified Hay and Duntin as the singers of a rap song posted in March 2007 on My Space that contained lyrics threatening to hunt down and kill Latchana, identified as "OG" for being a snitch.