murder trial: Accused killers defence tough to swallow
Courtroom 35 at the Provincial Court-house on Elgin Street,
Carson Morin is on trial for first degree murder in connection
with the death of Orléans resident Michael Wassill
on May 15, 2013.
was helping out a female friend who also happened to be
a friend and associate of Morins. The young woman
worked at an east end strip bar and had been living with
Morin who fancied himself as her pimp.
young woman had moved out of Morins place and taken
refuge in Wassills
Fernleaf Crescent home several days before he was killed.
the morning in question, Morin drove to Wassills
home, pushed/stumbled his way inside and slit Morins
throat in with a box-cutter knife during the ensuing scuffle.
It should be noted that Wassill was unarmed. That it is
an important point when you realize that Morin claims
he killed Wassill in self defence.
will try to give you a Coles Notes version of Morins
testimony during three on the stand. His defence is based
on his fear of being roughed up by several bad dudes who
had been driving by his Maranger Street condo on an almost
daily basis and general harassing him.
men were known to Morin and vice versa.
female friend, who I alluded to earlier, was also Morins
business partner and roommate. By partner,
I mean she danced in the strip bar by night and sold drugs
by day, all the while giving Morin half of her earnings
which he used to pay help pay for the rent, utilities,
groceries, costumes for her job, and a stripper pole to
May 2015, the young woman had enough with the arrangement
and moved into Wassills place.
the fact that she no longer lived with Morin, and despite
the fact that she had severed ties with the man, he still
felt entitled to half of her earnings from the night of
May 14, mainly because he was $100 short on his rent whch
he owed his landlord on May 15.
fearing for his safety, Morin decided to drive to Wassills
May 15 to get his money from the young woman and end their
is where things get a little squirrelly. Despite the fact
that there were no cars in Wassills driveway, and
the point, no cars resembling the ones used by the men
Morin testified had been intimidating him, he took a box-cutter
from the car console and placed it in the pocket of his
hoody for protection.
also took a pair of blue latex utility gloves the
ones most people use to clean with out and put
them on because, in his words, they gave him the confidence
he needed to knock on Wassills door.
even compared it to the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy in
which one of the characters wore sunglasses because they
made him feel more confident.
You cant make this stuff up. Or perhaps you can.
put on the blue latex gloves, Morin, now brimming with
renewed con-fidence, knocked on Wassills front door
to get the attention of the young woman who he could see
sitting on the stairs inside. He couldnt see anyone
else until Wassill opened the door and asked what he was
claims Wassill raised his arm. Not knowing what would
come next, Morin says he pushed Wassill backwards with
such force if his testimony is to be believed
that the momentum carried both of them inside the front
foyer. He did this while remaining flat-footed.
inside the two men scuffled, which is when Morin reached
into his pocket pulled out the box-cutter and swung wildly,
slitting Wassills throat.
youre a bit skeptical youre not alone. During
Morins testimony two things kept going through my
mind. The first thing is that Wassill died over a measly
100 bucks. And the second was that if Morin was so fearful
for his personal safety, why didnt he just borrow
the $100 from one of his many girlfriends.
a doubt the most chilling statement Morin made during
his time on the stand was that he was on trial
for his life. He is only partly correct. If
he is found guilty of first degree murder, he could be
sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for
25 years. If the jury finds him guilty of the lesser charge
of second degree murder he could be sentenced to 10-15
years and eligible for parole in three to six years, having
already been incarcerated for four years.
has no chance of parole. His life ended needlessly on
that day in May in 2013.
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