Ballistic tests produce similar markings to shells found near murder scenes

OTTAWA  – Last Wednesday, Judy Chin, a fire arms and tool mark examiner for the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto, took the stand at the Ottawa trial of the man accused of the first degree murder of Carol Culleton in Combermere, Anastasia Kuzyk in Wilno and Nathalie Warmerdam in Cormac on September 22, 2015.

Basil Borutski has not responded to charges and is deemed to be representing himself. 

The six women and six man jury heard earlier in the trial both Kuzyk and Warmerdam were shot at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun.

A J.C. Higgins model 20 12 gauge pump-action shotgun recovered from a field in Kinburn, Ottawa, near where the accused was arrested has already been submitted in evidence as exhibit 56 in this trial.

Under questioning from Crown Attorney Jeffrey Richardson, Chin said the overall condition of the shotgun was poor, showing a lack of maintenance and care. The exterior of the barrel showed rust

The barrel and stock had both been shortened. Chin testified that the barrel length was still legal.

A shortened stock and barrel would make the gun easier to hide.

For more pick up a copy of the November 22, paper.