Witness at Thomas murder trial says she was mistaken in testimony
Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:17PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:31PM EST
A witness at the David Thomas murder trial told jurors Wednesday that she was mistaken in testimony she provided the day before.
Under cross-examination, Sheri Burks said it was her daughter who heard a man angrily yelling on Dec. 31, 2006 – and not her, as she said it was Tuesday.
Thomas is accused of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Denise Bourdeau.
On Dec. 31, 2006, multiple witnesses have testified, the two were seen together at a Waterloo restaurant for a New Year’s party.
The trial has heard that the two left the restaurant together, after which Bourdeau’s whereabouts have never been accounted for.
Burks, who lived in the same building as Thomas, testified earlier in the week that she heard a man yelling from Thomas’ unit.
“You’re not good enough for me. You’ll never be good enough for me,” she recalled the man saying.
Evidence from police transcripts was introduced by the defence Wednesday, after which Burks admitted that she had not heard the voice herself – although she testified that she did hear him speak loudly and vulgarly on multiple occasions.
The court has heard that Thomas and Bourdeau were in an on-again, off-again abusive relationship, with Bourdeau repeatedly showing up at acquaintances’ homes bearing injuries she claimed were inflicted by Thomas.
Also called into question Wednesday was evidence Burks gave about hearing loud bangs and music on the night in question, punctuated by a pause.
The pause, defence lawyer Nicholas Wansbutter said, was never brought up to police until 2014, as trial preparation was underway.
“You never mentioned it before because there was no pause,” he said.
“There was a pause,” Burks responded.”
The trial continues Thursday, and is expected to last for several more weeks.