October 30, 2013 - 12:09 PM
KAMLOOPS - Torbin Alec was fighting with Jesse Seymour about a girl before Alec stabbed him and killed him, a Kamloops court heard today.
Nicole Jones Dodging-Horse said Seymour, a close friend, was stabbed to death after telling Alec he didn't have a shot with his cousin. Alec is charged with second degree murder after allegedly stabbing Seymour six times, including twice in the heart, July 15, 2012 at a house party on Columbia Street. The trial began yesterday.
Jones Dodging-Horse said she was at the party at 746 Columbia Street where Seymour was killed, but only had a couple drinks throughout the night as designated driver for a group. The night ended at the party in the early hours of the morning.
Jones Dodging-Horse was sitting on the front steps of the house having a smoke with Seymour, when an altercation began between him and the accused, she said. They were talking about Seymour's cousin when the conversation took a turn for the worse.
"Jesse was telling him that he had no chance of being with (his cousin)," she said.
The tone changed, voices got louder and suddenly the two were in a fist-fight in front of the house.
"They started fighting… they were punching each other," she said. "At one point Jesse was on top of Torbin, punching him in the face."
"It happened really fast."
She said she screamed for help from others inside the house, glancing away from the fight for only seconds as Seymour and Alec got up, Alec hovering over Seymour.
"Jesse had stood up at that time, he was staggering a little bit and he had said, 'Did you just fucking stab me?'" Jones Dodging-Horse said. "He took a breath, a really deep breath as if he couldn't breathe… he fell back, straight back."
While Alec attempted to flee the scene on foot, Seymour's sister came out, chased after Alec, and attacked him, Jones Dodging-Horse said.
"He was on the ground, she was punching him in the face," she said. "She was screaming at him, 'Look what you did to my brother.'"
The defence is expected to try and prove a case for self-defence. The trial is expected to continue into next week.
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