An Edmonton man charged in the shooting death of a Mountie in the Northwest Territories two years ago has admitted he killed the popular officer.

But Emrah Bulatci’s lawyer says her client didn’t mean to cause the death of Const. Chris Worden in Hay River.

Twenty-five-year-old Bulatci got up in court at the start of his first-degree murder trial in Yellowknife yesterday and tried to plead guilty to manslaughter.

Worden was shot four times in October 2007 in a wooded area next to an apartment building near where Bulatci was dealing drugs. Court heard the second two shots killed the RCMP officer.

Defence lawyer Laura Stevens acknowledged in her opening arguments that Bulatci’s first two shots from an illegal gun he had were deliberate, but said the second two were accidental.

The Crown outlined its case as well, rejecting Bulatci’s plea and saying it will argue that he fully intended to kill Worden or was so reckless in his use of the gun that he as good as knew he was likely to kill the officer.

The prosecutor also pointed out Worden was driving a marked car and wearing his uniform. He never fired his gun, which was still in his holster.

Stevens told the jury that there was no doubt Bulatci was a shady character. She said he was in Hay River, on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, to deal drugs.

Worden’s widow wept silently as she listened to the defence lawyer describe her husband as a good man and a police officer whose death in the line of duty was a tragedy.