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Canada Marissa Shephard's 1st-degree murder trial resumes today

16:33  19 april  2018
16:33  19 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Marissa Shephard , 22, of Moncton is charged with first - degree murder and arson in the death of Baylee Wylie in December 2015. Devin Morningstar, 20, refused to testify three times at Shephard ' s trial . (Facebook).

Jurors at Marissa Shephard ' s first - degree murder and arson trial were out of the courtroom for days while lawyers argued before the judge about evidence and the charges.

a woman taking a selfie: Marissa Shephard, 22, is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Baylee Wylie, 18, and for arson with disregard for human life.© Facebook Marissa Shephard, 22, is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Baylee Wylie, 18, and for arson with disregard for human life.

The first-degree murder trial of Marissa Shephard will resume today, now that a voir dire that started at the beginning of April has ended.

The 22-year-old Moncton woman is charged with murder and arson with disregard for human life in the death of Baylee Wylie, 18, in December 2015.

Wylie's body was found in a burned-out townhouse at 96 Sumac St. in Moncton.

A voir dire, or trial within a trial, takes place without the jury present and there is a ban on publishing what happens.

Butcher trial resumes in death of Johnston

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The first - degree murder trial of Marissa Shephard will resume today now that a voir dire that started earlier in April has ended.The 22-year-old Moncton woman is charged with murder and arson with disregard for human life in the death of Baylee Wylie, 18, in December 2015.

The jury selection lineup in Moncton for Marissa Shephard ' s first - degree murder trial in the death of Baylie Wylie. (Michel Nogue/Radio-Canada). Given the length of the trial , 14 jurors will be selected, instead of the usual 12, said Justice Zoël Dionne.

An RCMP forensic DNA specialist was the last person to testify before the voir dire began.

On March 29, Michelle Scott-Mascioli told the court a blood stain found on the rear porch of 96 Sumac St. belonged to a woman with the initials M.S.

a person smiling for the camera: Baylee Wylie's body was found in a burned-out townhouse at 96 Sumac St. in Moncton in December 2015.© Submitted Baylee Wylie's body was found in a burned-out townhouse at 96 Sumac St. in Moncton in December 2015.

Scott-Mascioli also said Baylee Wylie's DNA was found on the blade of a knife, at least four gloves and the basement staircase, railing and walls.

DNA belonging to two men, with initials T.N. and D.M., were found on one of the gloves.

During the trial, 20-year-old Devin Morningstar was also called as a witness three times but each time refused to take an oath or answer questions.

Justice Zoël Dionne warned him that his refusal could lead to jail time.

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