Wednesday the Crown outlined its case and eager as they are for closure, loved ones of the victims are struggling with the flood of emotions the testimony is bringing.
Marlene Lunn has waited for this day for two and a half years. The start of the trial of the man accused of murdering her husband Michael and shooting three of his co-workers in a terrifying day at Nanaimo’s Western Forest Products mill.
“We’re going to be strong today,” says Marlene Lunn. “That’s our goal. We’re going to get through this.”
But as family and friends fill the courtroom, the gravity of what they are about to hear is hitting Michael Lunn’s sisters
“How are you feeling going in. Not good.”
“Tears lots of tears,” says Pam Lunn.
The Crown’s opening statements outlined the case it will make against Kevin Addison, who is facing two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for what unfolded April 30th, 2014.
“You’ll hear evidence of the relationship he had with all 4 men and the mill, and you’ll hear his belief that he was a mistreated former employee,” Crown prosecutor Nick Barber told the court.
Setting up the day of the shooting for the jury, Barber submitted: that at 7 am April 30th, 2014 Michael Lunn showed up at the mill, got out of his grey truck and was immediately shot by a waiting gunman, allegedly Kevin Addison. All before the eyes of a security guard, who sat metres away in the security shack.
Then the crown says Addison walked into the nearby mill office and opened fire on three more men, killing Fred McEachern before the gunman was hit over the head with a chair by Andy Vanger and held down until police police arrived by co-worker Edward Good.
“It’s tough but you know it’s something we’ve gotta listen to and go through the process so yeah it’s what we pretty well heard in the preliminary. It’s a lot of repeat and yeah it’s gonna be a long haul,” says Marlene Lunn.
Thirty witnesses and experts in all will be called by the crown, before Addison’s defense gets his turn to present their case.
Kevin Addison has plead not guilty to all charges against him.