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The third day of Andrew Berry’s murder trial in Vancouver didn’t last long with the jury dismissed Thursday morning.
Proceedings are expected to resume Tuesday.
Berry is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his daughters, six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey.
The 45-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jury is dismissed for the day in the Berry murder trial underway in Vancouver. They are back Tuesday. @CHEK_News
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The case left off with defence lawyer Kevin McCullough cross-examining Oak Bay police Cst. Piotr Ulanowski, the first officer on the scene at Berry’s Beach Drive where the two girls bodies were found on Christmas Day 2017.
Berry was also discovered with alleged self-inflicted wounds.
McCullough repeatedly grilled Ulanowski on a decision to close the door to Berry’s apartment after seeing blood on the floors and wall and a little girl’s body lying inside.
Ulanowski testified he’d never seen anything like it and stepped away to call for back-up, leaving the apartment unattended for a few minutes.
McCullough questioned the officer’s decision to wait in the lobby for a senior officer before going back inside.
The defence lawyer asked if people who are in a state of shock don’t make good witnesses during events and have bad memories, and Ulanowski replied that those were fair comments.
A publication ban is in effect preventing legal discussions that happen when the jury is not present in the courtroom from being reported.
With files from the Canadian Press.