Murder trial begins for Manitoba man accused of running down, shooting neighbour
A trial has started for a Manitoba man accused of killing his neighbour and leading police on a weeklong manhunt that ended in Ontario.
Eric Wildman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clifford Joseph, who was reported missing on June 7, 2021.
His body was later found in a rural area northeast of Winnipeg.
A Crown prosecutor has told a jury during opening arguments that they will hear evidence Joseph went to Wildman’s house with a plan to steal from him.
It’s alleged that Wildman then ran Joseph over with a car and shot him three times.
Court heard Wildman rented a car and drove to Ontario after RCMP named him as a suspect in Joseph’s disappearance.
The trial is scheduled for five weeks in front of Court of King’s Bench Justice Richard Saull.
Eric Wildman charged with first-degree murder in neighbour’s death
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