An accused killer began to faint in B.C. Supreme Court on Nov. 29 as pictures of a gangland shooting in which he was wounded were presented to a jury.
The jury saw photos of gory injuries: a blood-soaked Porsche Cayenne registered to Hells Angel Larry Amero and the bullet-strewn Kelowna scene of gangster Jonathan Bacon’s 2011 slaying. The pictures were part of evidence against three men accused in subsequent killings.
When the court saw photos of blood pooled on the vehicle’s driver’s seat, Amero reportedly began to have problems breathing.
Amero, Dean Michael Wiwchar and Rabih “Robby” Alkhalil face first-degree murder charges in connection with the January 2012 Vancouver death of Sandip Duhre, who was gunned down at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
The shooting occurred in a busy restaurant occupied by patrons, including the Cuban women’s national soccer team.
“We believe this was a well-planned public execution involving a coordinated and deliberate effort to carry out the murder. We also believe it was a contract killing related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict,” RCMP Supt. Mike Porteous said in May 2013.
Bacon with his brothers were alleged kingpins in the Red Scorpion gang, while the three accused are reportedly members of the so-called Wolf Pack gang.
The court has already heard the killing was allegedly revenge for the Bacon killing outside Kelowna’s Delta Grand Hotel in August 2011.
Amero was seriously injured while two women with the group, Leah Hadden-Watts and Lyndsey Black, were injured.
Hadden-Watts was shot in the neck, leaving her paralyzed.
Independent Soldier James Riach escaped the shooting, unharmed; in 2018, he was sentenced to life in prison in the Philippines for drug trafficking.
RCMP Const. Jennifer Hunter was one of the first officers at the scene.
She said the driver had a large, gaping wound in his left wrist. Hunter also testified about the woman sitting behind the driver. She said the woman was slumped over.