Jury deliberates in Mountie murder case

Nov. 18, 2009 at 6:46 PM
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YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A jury began deliberating Wednesday in the trial of an Alberta man accused of killing a Canadian Mountie.

Emrah Bulatci, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 6, 2007, shooting death of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Christopher Worden, 30, in Hay River, Northwest Territories.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Bulatci's lawyers asked the jury to convict him of the less serious charge of manslaughter. Bulatci had tried to plead guilty to that charge at the start of his trial.

Worden was shot four times while responding to a call for help in the community of about 3,650 people. Authorities said Bulatci was in Hay River to sell cocaine when Worden tried to arrest him outside a house.

While both charges carry a life prison sentence, Bulatci could become eligible for parole after serving just four years for manslaughter but would have to spend at least 25 years behind bars if convicted of first-degree murder.

Bulatci was among the 53 witnesses who testified during the three-week trial.

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