A woman shot alongside her common-law husband in an Edmonton parking lot nearly five years ago testified Tuesday that she barely remembered identifying possible suspects in a photo lineup while in hospital after the shooting.
Daniel David Holly was gunned down by two men in the parking lot of his apartment complex on July 23, 2016.
Dagmawi Abebe Admasu, 32, began an 18-day trial Monday on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is also accused of firing at a police vehicle in an attempt to avoid arrest.
Holly’s partner took the stand Tuesday morning. Justice John Henderson granted a publication ban on her name, which the Crown requested on the names of six witnesses who are concerned for their safety.
The evening of the shooting, she and Holly — who worked as a garbage truck driver — were going to pick up food.
While exiting the side door of their apartment at 432 Brintnell Boulevard, the woman smiled and nodded at a man seated on a covered bench.
When they reached their car, a second man emerged from near a white van, raised a pistol and fired at Holly. The woman was shot in the wrist and fell to the ground.
The man from the bench then walked over and fired several shots at Holly’s head, the woman testified. He died in hospital four days later.
The assailants then climbed into a gold-coloured minivan driven by another man and left the scene.
The day after the shooting, the woman completed a photo lineup administered to her by two police officers, who visited her hospital room prior to surgery.
The officers filmed the woman looking through pictures of potential suspects, during which she flagged several mugshots. The video was played for the woman during her examination by the Crown.
Later on in that examination, the woman testified she had very little memory of viewing the photos, saying she was “so drugged up” on medication at the time.
“I don’t remember a lot of that, at all,” she said.
Prosecutor Meghan Rohatyn then asked the witness how she felt about coming to court — including whether she was afraid.
“Not good. I don’t want to be here,” she said.
“Has anything happened between the incident, the shooting, and now?” Rohatyn asked.
“No,” the woman said.
“Can you elaborate on that?”
“I’d rather not, no.”
During cross examination, the woman told defence lawyer Clayton Rice that she was on painkillers at the time of the photo lineup.
Rice also brought out that someone appeared to open the gold van’s sliding door, meaning there may have been four men in the vehicle.
The two officers who administered the lineup testified they had no concerns about the woman’s mental state or ability to understand the process. One of the officers, Det. Derek Holowaychuk, testified that he and his colleague did not know the identity of the suspects when they presented the photos to the woman.
Admasu and another man were arrested in a field near 130 Avenue and 86 Street after a flight from police.
Two pistols — a .45-calibe and a .40-calibre — are in evidence at the trial. Both had defaced serial numbers.
Charges against Admasu’s co-accused were stayed by the Crown in September.
The trial continues Wednesday.