Trial begins for Manitoba Mountie accused of shooting at vehicle without cause

An RCMP officer has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, criminal negligence and other charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the death of Steven Campbell, who died during a traffic stop in Thompson, Man., in November 2015.READ MORE: Roblin RCMP arrests one of its own for assault
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At the time, the Independent Investigation Unit, the agency that investigates serious actions involving Manitoba police, said the officer tried to stop a vehicle that was driving erratically.The agency said the officer fired his gun when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and struck him.READ MORE: Manitoba RCMP officer charged with sexual assaultOne of the first witnesses at the trial was Campbell’s partner, Lori Flett, who testified that Campbell did not have a weapon and that his hands were not on the steering wheel when the officer fired shots through the windshield.Under cross-examination, Flett admitted to having trouble remembering some events that day. She also testified that she had been drinking and has used cocaine.Get daily local headlines and alerts