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Calgary Man Cross-Examined for Blackjack Ally’s Homicide


This week, a Calgary man who taught his companion Vida Smith the way to depend playing cards took to the stand in a trial over her homicide. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Combat over $10,000

Homicide suspect Chris Lee has advised a Calgary jury that he by chance killed his blackjack counting companion of 30 years, Vida Smith, when she wouldn’t give again his $10,000.

took the stand in his personal protection

Lee, 63, who has admitted to killing Smith, took the stand in his personal protection on Monday. Smith and Lee have been a profitable blackjack duo, travelling to casinos worldwide and making a whole lot of 1000’s of {dollars}.

However the relationship led to a struggle over a fraction of that sum. Smith allegedly shortchanged Lee in a authorized doc deal. The homicide suspect mentioned within the ensuing struggle to get his $10,000 again, Smith’s “physique went limp, and once I let go she went much more limp.”

When Lee discovered Smith was not respiratory, he started to panic. At this level, he advised jurors Monday: “I’m considering, ‘oh my God, I’ve killed her.’”

Ex-crack blackjack duo

As reported by CBC Information, the Alberta Crown Prosecution’s Shane Parker on Monday cross-examined Calgary native Lee at his second-degree homicide trial, which began again on October 17.

In line with the testimony of the sufferer’s daughter Neda Energy on the primary day of trial, Lee taught the sufferer blackjack and card counting after she cut up along with her husband. They subsequently took their routine world with lots of success, with Energy alleging the pair had six-figure payouts. Energy said her mom “appeared completely happy” and that there was lots of “pleasure and travelling.”

A mixture of cash and mutual distrust led to disagreements and a really “up and down relationship” which might finally result in one struggle too many. The suspect agreed with the prosecution on Monday that the incident within the automotive was the third time Smith had tried to “screw” him out of cash. 

For Lee, the third time “turned out to be a closing straw.” Smith was final seen on July 21, 2020.

Suspect branded an opportunist

In line with CBC, the Crown has prompt Lee would use any alternative for his personal benefit, together with allegedly mendacity to police throughout his interviews after his arrest.

“How can this jury settle for something you say?” Parker requested, including that the defendant had

such a constant need to do something in your personal benefit.”

Responding to a query from Wilson, Lee described the situation of the sufferer’s physique as “within the mountains between Banff and Canmore,” at a relaxation cease wrapped in a tarp. Her physique stays undiscovered, nonetheless.

The suspect’s cross-examination will proceed Tuesday. It’s now been greater than two years since Lee (also referred to as Kevin Barton) was charged with manslaughter over Smith’s mysterious disappearance.

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