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VERMA TRIAL: Clothing from crime scene shown to jury

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September 17, 2013 - 2:44 PM

KELOWNA – A stained dark green T-shirt with two tear marks found on the body of Brittney Irving was shown to a Kelowna Supreme Court jury today, one of the nearly 200 pieces of seized evidence in the trial for Joelon Verma.

It's evidence the fourteen member jury will have to consider when deciding their verdict in the first degree murder trial for Verma. He's accused of shooting Brittney Lee Irving four times on April 6, 2010, the day they were supposed to close a $100,000 drug deal.

RCMP Const. Dawn Sutherland was asked to identify pieces of clothing Irving was wearing when found in the remote woods east of Kelowna. Sutherland held up a green plaid jacket for the jury, revealing small tears near the arm. From another evidence bag Sutherland pulled out a man's running shoe, from the pair Irving was wearing when she died.

The Crown alleges the oversized jacket and shoes did not belong to Irving.  

Other pieces of evidence in the investigation include a blood-stained first aid kit and shotgun round in the Ford F150 Verma was alleged to be driving close to where Irving's body was found. While the truck belongs to a friend of Verma's, the Crown alleges he borrowed it the day of the drug deal with Irving.

Police also seized multiple rifles and ammunition from the residence of Jason Labonte, a cousin of Verma. During police investigation, Labonte led officers to the area near McCulloch Road where he met Verma on the same day of the drug deal.

Labonte is expected to testify later in the trial.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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