Four-legged police found evidence near the scene of Laval’s murder

An expert testified Tuesday that an STM ticket discovered by a police dog contained the defendant’s fingerprint.

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It turns out that Finder found significant evidence at the scene of a homicide investigation in Laval.

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Mélanie Marcoux, a Sûreté du Québec crime scene technician who testified Tuesday at the trial of 41-year-old Frédérick Silva, confirmed that a Société de transport de Montréal transit ticket discovered by a police dog near the Laval car dealership where Alessandro Vinci was assassinated on October 10. On November 11, 2018, he had Silva’s fingerprint.

Silva is being tried, before a judge alone, in the Montreal courthouse, where he is charged with the first-degree murder of Vinci and two other men: Yvon Marchand, a convicted drug dealer; and Sébastien Beauchamp, a man who had ties to the Hells Angels. They were killed between October and December 2018 in Montreal. Silva is also charged with the 2017 attempted assassination of Montreal mob boss Salvatore Scoppa in Terrebonne.

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In September, Superior Court Judge Marc David heard evidence about how a German Shepherd named Finder, who works for the Laval Police, found the STM ticket in the front lawn of an apartment building on Lévesque Blvd. W. located west of Automobiles Vinci, the business owned by the victim’s family. According to four witnesses, the dog found the ticket several hours after Vinci’s death.

While the other witnesses who testified in September described how the dog found the item, they were unable to testify to the importance of the evidence, as that was not within their experience. For example, its handler, Nicolas Normandin, testified about how the canine reacted when it found the ticket and how Finder was trained to locate items recently manipulated by humans.

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Marcoux testified that while analyzing the ticket, he found a fingerprint that turned out to be Silva’s. She said her findings were supported by two other fingerprint experts, including Chantal Nadeau, the witness who testified after her Tuesday afternoon.

Nadeau said he compared 12 points from the fingerprint found on the ticket to one from Silva that police had on file from a previous investigation.

The ticket was purchased the day Vinci was shot and a timestamp indicated it was used at 7:04 p.m. Vinci was shot inside his small office inside the car dealership 90 minutes later.

When other witnesses testified in September, defense attorney Daniele Roy often noted that it appeared to have been raining the night Vinci was shot. On Tuesday, he asked Marcoux if the water could have changed the fibers of the paper the ticket was printed on. The crime scene technician said he did not know if the water could have altered the ticket.

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In late September, an STM employee testified that all metro tickets have a unique stamp. This allowed the police to identify when Silva used the ticket and where he used it. They then showed David video footage and photos of Silva using the ticket at the Square-Victoria metro station and getting off at Montmorency station in Laval less than an hour before Vinci was killed.

The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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