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Murder investigation targeted only his client, defense attorney claims

But prosecutors said it was clear evidence showed Justin Sutherland was the man who fatally stabbed Dustin Kush.

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A Calgary homicide investigator engaged in “an element of blindness” by focusing solely on murder suspect Justin Sutherland, his lawyers charged Thursday.

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But Chief Prosecutor Peter Mackenzie said it was clear that the evidence in the case points to Sutherland as the man who stabbed and fatally injured Dustin Kush of Calgary.

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Mackenzie told King’s Court Judge Willie that he should reject the defense team’s suggestion that Sutherland’s roommate cousin Savannah and Darren Bulldog had worked together to murder Kush at his home in northeast Calgary.

“The prosecution takes the position that the alternative theory that Darren Bulldog and Savannah Bulldog worked together and that Darren Bulldog stabbed Dustin Kush is against the evidence,” Mackenzie said.

Defense attorney Lance McLean claims the King failed to prove its allegations, and police ignored evidence that Bulldog’s cousin may have been involved in Kush’s murder on Sept. 21, 2020. Did.

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McClean also said statements made to undercover officers after Sutherland’s arrest a week later contained inaccurate details or information that anyone in the house may have known. .

For example, Sutherland told an officer posing as a fellow inmate in an Edmonton cell that he “stabbed a man on the back stairs,” according to his attorney.

Evidence, however, indicated that Kush was attacked in one of the home’s bedrooms and fell to his death on the front steps.

“That’s just inaccurate. It’s not true,” McLean said of the location where the stabbing occurred to an officer Sutherland.

McClean also pointed to a comment Sutherland said in a call that officers overheard that there was no blood.

“This is also factually inaccurate, as courts are well aware from photographs and CCTV videos that blood is all over the place.”

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McLean said he was concerned that police seized his shoes, which were found to have Kush’s blood on them, and that he knew the murder weapon was never found. He said other comments had innocent explanations.

Surveillance video from the home’s security cameras showed Sutherland next to the dead body on the front door while he called 911, suggesting that if the assailant had removed his weapon, no one in the house would be able to kill him. will find it gone, he said.

“He at least knows he was standing by this person while he was bleeding,” McLean said.

However, Mackenzie argued that both Bulldogs’ testimony was persuasive, and that the suggestion that Darren Bulldog stabbed Kush while his cousin was standing guard made little sense.

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After speaking with Sutherland on the phone, prosecutors said the entire incident happened within minutes of Kush entering the house.

He said the prepared burgers and craft dinners were found dumped in the kitchen, supporting Savannah Bulldog’s claim that she was preparing lunch for everyone when the killings occurred. said.

Sutherland is being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Kusch, who was stabbed at least four times, including one in the neck, at his residence on the 4800 block of 1st Street NE.

DeWit said it will try to issue a verdict next Wednesday.

KMartin@postmedia.com

Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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Murder investigation targeted only his client, defense attorney claims

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