Wilcox’s weapon used in Megeney death, expert testifies

The court martial of a Glace Bay reservist charged with manslaughter inthe death of a fellow soldier heard from a forensic and ballisticsspecialist Friday.

 

The court martial of a Glace Bay reservist charged with manslaughter in the death of a fellow soldier heard from a forensic and ballistics specialist Friday.

 

Darryl Barr, a civilian RCMP forensic firearm and tool mark examiner based at the RCMP’s national forensic laboratory in Halifax, was called upon as an expert witness to determine which gun fired the bullet that killed 25-year-old Cpl. Kevin Megeney of Stellarton at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in 2007.

 

In his testimony, Barr identified Cpl. Matthew Wilcox’s Browning 9-millimetre pistol as the weapon that fired the shot. He tested the firearm in the lab by shooting 10 rounds from Wilcox’s gun — although two of the rounds jammed.

 

The defence questioned the reliability of the weapon.

 
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