A surveillance video detailing a violent robbery and fatal shooting in an Edmonton Mac’s Convenience store was like a grisly replay of the one seen by the Edmonton jury a day earlier.
Making it even more awful was the fact that this video depicted the second such robbery and shooting to take place in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 2015.
The video was shown to the jury Friday as the first-degree murder trial of Laylin Delorme continued.
Delorme is accused of the murder of Ricky Cenabre, 41, who was shot and killed while working alone in a Mac’s store on Dec. 18, 2015.
He is also accused of the murder of Karanpal Bhangu, 35, who was also shot during a violent robbery earlier the same night, at another Mac’s location.
Crown prosecutors allege that Delorme carried out the two fatal robberies with Colton Steinhauer and another male.
They were arrested after crashing their vehicle on Whitemud Drive during a police pursuit.
Violent attack on video
On Friday, the jury viewed surveillance video from the store where Cenabre worked, located at 10845 61 Avenue.
The video shows three masked individuals entering the store at 3:40 a.m., less than twenty minutes after the first robbery.
One man, wearing a black hoodie, is seen holding a handgun.
Cenabre appears to be co-operating with the gunman’s demands. He is seen opening the till while another suspect, wearing a grey bomber jacket, stashes cigarette packs into a duffel bag.
The clerk attempts to open a safe, but doesn’t succeed.
The gunman violently hits Cenabre in the head, with the gun and his fist. The victim’s blood pours onto the ground.
The robbery is over quickly, and the trio leaves the till area. The suspect in the grey jacket, now holding the gun, comes around the counter.
He shoots Cenabre, who is crouching on the ground, before leaving the store.
After the attacker leaves, a different video angle shows Cenabre making his way to the back of the store.
Delivery man first on scene
The jury also heard testimony from the newspaper delivery man who discovered the bloody scene.
Jack Hillestad told the jury that he entered the store to drop off newspapers around 3:40 a.m. and “noticed that things were askew.”
Hillestad said he saw the cash tray from the till on the counter and a trail of blood leading from the till area to a back room.
He told court that he left to get his phone from his vehicle in order to call 911, and then returned to the store.
Hillestad testified that he followed the blood trail, and discovered Cenabre laying in blood behind the door to the other room.
“He was in bad shape,” he told the court.
Police officers testified that Cenabre had no pulse by the time they arrived on scene at 3:49 a.m..
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
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