Evidence in B.C. gang murder case 'woefully inadequate' for conviction: defence

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VANCOUVER - The lawyer for one of two men accused in a mass gang shooting near Vancouver says the evidence against his client is "woefully inadequate" for a conviction.

Simon Buck, who represents Cody Haevischer, says the Crown's case is a built on a combination of unreliable, criminal witnesses and weak circumstantial evidence.

Haevischer and Matthew Johnston are each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of six people, including two innocent bystanders, in Surrey, B.C., in October 2007.

Defence lawyers are presenting closing arguments this week, after a trial that began last fall and heard from dozens of witnesses.

Buck notes the Crown has relied on former gang leader Michael Le, who was on trial until he pleaded guilty last year, a violent ex-gang member known as Person Y, and Haevischer's former girlfriend, who admitted to her own drug trafficking activities.

Buck has been picking apart inconsistencies on those witnesses' testimony as he attacks their credibility and attempts to show that the Crown has failed to prove its case.

Geographic location: B.C., VANCOUVER, Surrey

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