Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Gangsters make record books

The murder trial of two gangsters known for their spectacular prison escape by helicopter has gone down in the record books.

Since April 6, the 12 jurors in charge of judging Denis Lefebvre and Yves Denis for two murders and an involuntary manslaughter debated behind closed doors for an 18th consecutive day without being able to agree on verdicts. The jury has passed the mark for the longest deliberations of a criminal trial, both in Quebec and Canada.

Serge Pomerleau
The men are accused in the manslaughter of Kevin Walter, and the murders of Johnny Coutu and Benoit Denis, who were killed in Rouyn-Noranda, Laval and Montreal respectively.

The duo was said to be at the head of a network linked to the Hells Angels which trafficked 650 kilos of cocaine in Abitibi between 2007 and 2010. On June 7, 2014, the accused and the boss of their network, Serge Pomerleau, managed to escape from the Orsainville prison in Quebec City by boarding a helicopter to pick them up in an outdoor courtyard.
The fugitives were captured on June 22, 2014.