A Calgary jury is deciding whether Glenn Randall is guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend Brenda Walker at her Strathmore home.
Randall, 56, admitted to shooting Walker, 49, in January 2015 but said he was blind drunk and doesn’t remember why he did it or the act itself.
Jurors heard three weeks of evidence and received final instructions Monday morning from Justice Earl Wilson on how to apply the law in their deliberations. They are now sequestered until they reach a verdict.
Randall and Walker broke up in late December 2014 because she felt he was too close with his former girlfriend.
Prosecutors Jim Sawa and Lori Chambers suggested to jurors that Randall’s text message conversation shows he became increasingly angry with Walker the night he shot her.
But defence lawyers Jennifer Ruttan and Michael Bates argued their client was too drunk to form the intent necessary to commit first-degree murder and said he should be convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter.
On Jan. 5, 2015, three days after Randall spotted Walker leaving a pub with another man, he began drinking after attending a funeral.
After midnight, Randall walked over to Walker’s home. A chilling 911 call made by Walker was played for jurors. She tells the operator her life was being threatened before Randall’s voice becomes audible: “I love you, I’m sorry,” he says before the gun is fired.
Minutes later, RCMP officers found Walker face down in her kitchen. She had been shot six times including twice in the head.
Randall then got into his truck with several loaded firearms and made phone calls to his sisters In New Brunswick and his ex-girlfriend with whom he was still close.
He confessed to all three women before he turned himself in to RCMP.
Randall testified he loved Walker and never wanted to kill her.
A first-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. Sentences on manslaughter range from probation to a life sentence.
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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.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.