Oakley Outlet Man guilty of killing his wife
Man guilty of killing his wife
An Edmonton jury found Tesfai Negasi guilty Monday night for killing his wife and then dismembering her body. Ten of the 12 members of the jury recommended Negasi should serve a minimum of 20 years in prison with no chance of parole.
Negasi, 54, Oakley Outlet had admitted killing his wife and interfering with her body; however he denied he intended the July 5, 2009, slaying.
Defence lawyer Peter Royal called it Oakley Outlet a “highly unusual case” and “very disturbing” and urged the jury to find Negasi guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.
Royal noted the medical examiner could not determine a cause of death and said that poses significant problems for the Crown to prove Negasi intended the killing.
Crown prosecutor Tania Holland told jurors the circumstantial case was like a jigsaw puzzle and said, when all the pieces of evidence are put together, a picture emerges showing Negasi is guilty of second degree murder.
Holland said the Crown theory is that Negasi killed his wife and then cut up her body with the intention of hiding the remains, but was foiled by some of their four daughters finding blood on their mother’s bed.
After being confronted, Negasi told the daughters to call police and he later drove to downtown police headquarters with his wife’s dismembered remains in the trunk of his car and confessed to officers that he had killed her.
The jury has heard the victim was cut up into 10 parts and wrapped in various items such as plastic and bed sheets before being placed inside garbage bags.
Police also found knives, a saw, a broken candle, a broken vase, bloody towels and clothing inside the car.
The medical examiner testified the victim’s head was crushed and said it is Oakley Outlet possible she was drowned, smothered or had her neck compres Oakley Outlet sed.
MOVED TO CANADA IN ’80S
Court has heard the couple lived in a home at 7328 164 Ave., and were from the small country of Eritrea, near Ethiopia, and had moved to Canada in the early 1980s.
“She was very supportive to the community,” said Ghebremusse. “She was always the first one to visit when there was a kid in the hospital, she was very involved in the (Eritrea) community.”
Court also heard Selamawit had returned to their homeland during the months of January and February 2009 and was planning to seek a divorce upon her return.