Kevin Addison is accused of 2 counts each of murder and attempted murder.
“We’re a mess. You know it’s really been a very emotional day today”
That’s how Marlene Lunn was feeling Thursday after hearing straight from the man accused of killing her husband Mike Lunn at the Western Forest Products sawmill on April 30 2014.
“The toughest day is probably today. I think we didn’t have any idea that Kevin Addison was going to testify so I think that was actually a surprise to us” added Lunn.
Kevin Addison’s lawyer John Gustafson opened his remarks by getting straight to the point telling the packed courtroom that he doesn’t challenge the fact there was a shooting at the Mill that day and that people there were shot or even that “Mr. Addison was the shooter.”
But he followed that by telling the jury Kevin Addison “did not have the necessary mental intention to commit the crime” and for that reason there should be reasonable doubt in the Crown’s case.
He said “if you believe Mr. Addison then you must acquit him.”
He then surprised the courtroom by calling Kevin Addison as his first witness.
The accused killer told the court he was frustrated and depressed after being laid off in December 2008 but not re-hired two years later.
He lost grievances filed through the union and became obsessed with Andy Vanger who was the mill manager at the time telling the court “I thought Andy Vanger had destroyed my career and was using someone inside to prevent me from getting my EI.”
On April 30th 2014 Addison says he took one of his guns, a 12 gauge pump, walked to the mill with it concealed in his jeans and first encountered Mike Lunn.
He said all he remembered was seeing Lunn’s bare arm and shooting it saying “I only thought I’d blow his arm off. ”
Lunn fell to the ground as Addison went to the mill office looking for Vanger, “not to kill him but to get the truth” he testified.
He says he shot once though the wall of an office before Vanger tackled him, trying to get the gun from him.
He says the gun went off twice during the struggle as a”tug of war” ensued for the gun.
Michael Lunn was killed as was Fred McEachern. Tony Sudar was shot in the face but survived and Earl Kelly was also shot but survived.