Man on trial for murder to learn fate today

  • May. 30, 2012 3:13 p.m.

The man who is charged in what police called a gang-style execution will learn his fate today.

Christopher Fleig, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Brandon Prevey, 29. He was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder against Nick Soto but that charge was dropped during the trial.

Prevey was shot and killed in what police say was a gang-style execution while sitting in his vehicle in the Inglewood area of Red Deer during the early morning hours of April 5, 2009. Fleig has denied he had any involvement in the murder and was in the area at the same time as the shooting to visit a friend a couple of blocks away.

Fleig’s trial began on April 30th in Red Deer.

Justice Kirk Sisson was expected to give his verdict of guilty or not guilty at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Red Deer’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

Last week as the trial wrapped up Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider and defense lawyer Allan Fay gave their closing arguments.

Fay told the court that there is no evidence directly linking Fleig to the murder.

“Mr. Fleig has steadfastly denied any involvement in the shooting. He knew who did it, how they did it and how they disposed of the weapon. There is not evidence before the court to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Fleig had anything to do with the murder of Mr. Prevey. No physical evidence was ever found in Mr. Fleig’s possession – no weapons, no walkie-talkies.”

He added two key witnesses that the crown called during the trial, Christopher Quinton and Ian Hunt gave their stories with the hopes of gaining personal advantage adding that both of their stories differ from when they were first interviewed by police and what they testified on the stand.

“Mr. Quinton never said Mr. Fleig produced a walkie-talkie in his statement to the police in August 2009. He also testified that while he was walking downtown to get his vehicle that he got a call from Mr. Fleig instructing him to come and dispose of the gun. In his statement to the police in August 2009 he never said that.”

He added Quinton became an informant for the police in an effort to avoid drug charges.

“Never once did it appear in Mr. Quinton’s career as a police informant he was able to get incriminating evidence against Mr. Fleig. Mr. Fleig never once said he had anything to do with the murder.”

Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider said neither witness had anything to gain from testifying.

“Both of them didn’t want to be involved. Mr. Quinton has no motive to accuse anyone. He does have a motive to cooperate with police however by not being charged (with drug charges),” he said.

Snider added there was evidence showing Fleig knew Prevey was going to be murdered.

“The evidence presented in this trial shows that a group got together to commit the shooting death of Brandon Prevey. The evidence shows that Mr. Fleig provided the firearm used, assisted in targeting the vehicle, verbally ordered the shooting and assisted in the disposal of the firearm.”

He added during Fleig’s time on the stand, his testimony was self serving and at times he was grasping at straws.

“The evidence is blatantly self serving. When asked a question that could be answered in a few words, he would go on for minutes. He was arrogant. He would point to how successful he was in the drug business and he tried to deflect questions.

“Mr. Fleig has said when he is acquitted of murder he wouldn’t go back to the drug world because he is a changed man, but later said he might go back to the drug world.”

Snider added Fleig’s credibility should also be taken into account.

“On multiple occasions he deflected questions or talked about how he is a changed man. He acted and considers himself above the law. Mr. Fleig talked about how he came about the information. He knew details without being involved and would just skirt under criminally.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Jesse Todd hat trick leads Lacombe Generals over Innisfail

6-5 victory puts Lacombe in first place heading into Rosetown matchup

WATCH: Red Deerians gather for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 2018 marks the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I.

Red Deerians can recognize Remembrance Day with two public services

The Red Deer Legion and Korean War Veterans’ Association will hold the services

WATCH: The Great Indoors Market at Bower Place officially launches

Red Deerians took in the sights and sounds of many vendors and activities Nov. 10th

Igntion Theatre is gearing up to present It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama

The show is set to run Dec. 6th-8th and the 11th-15th in the Nickle Studio

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Calgary 2026 leader expects close vote in Winter Games plebiscite

Residents to choose in a non-binding vote on Tuesday whether they want city to bid on 2026 Olympics

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched at least 1,040 square kilometres

Most Read