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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Calgary man gunned down in an assassination-type slaying was rumoured to have gang ties, a witness testified Tuesday.

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And Ariana Drews said Adam Cavanagh was involved in multiple ongoing disputes, including one with the cousin of a man allegedly present when he was slain.
Cavanagh was also “pistol whipped” by crackheads in an ambush within days of his Feb. 3, 2007 killing, Drews told the youth court trial of his alleged killer.
Drews said she was at the house party at Cavanagh’s parents’ northeast Calgary home, but left before he was fatally shot by a gunman through an open basement window.
Before she left, Drews told Crown prosecutor Kirsti Binns, she watched as Cavanagh took a cell phone call from her ex-boyfriend after she first spoke with Tony (TK) Kaddoura.
But Drews told Binns she didn’t recall the conversation between the two men as particularly acrimonious.
“It wasn’t anything angry — (Cavanagh) got off the phone, there was no problems,” she said.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel Andre Ouellette, Drews conceded Kaddoura often showed a jealous side when they dated.
“Was there any jealousy between Tony and Adam?” Ouellette asked the witness.
“Well, probably, I was hanging out with Adam and my ex-boyfriend was trying to get a hold of me, so probably,” she said.
Earlier, the prosecution said a man identified by one witness at Kaddoura’s cousin, Salim Kaddoura, was present with Ouellette’s client when Cavanagh was slain with a single gunshot to the head.
Drews also told Ouellette Cavanagh was involved in other disputes, including his run-in with the crackheads and some acrimony with a group of Hispanics.
“There was also some problems because he was dealing drugs?” the lawyer asked.
“Somewhat,” Drews said.
“There were people who said he was involved in gang stuff,” Ouellette suggested.
“Hearsay,” Drews responded.
While Ouellette’s client is now 22, he was only 17 at the time of the killing and has to be prosecuted as a youth and can’t be named.
Lead Crown lawyer Grant Schorn has given notice he will seek an adult sentence if the accused is convicted, as charged, of first-degree murder.
Under the Criminal Code that would mean a life sentence without parole for 10 years, instead of the parole ineligibility of 25 years for adult killers.

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