A judge will decide Friday whether he is willing to accept evidence from a so-called "Mr. Big" sting in the case of a man stabbed to death on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue six years ago.
Cliff Decoine-Zuniga is charged with manslaughter in the 2007 swarming death of Dylan McGillis.
In an elaborate Mr. Big sting staged by the Edmonton Police Service, Decoine-Zuniga admitted on video he was one of the men who attacked McGillis on the busy bar strip.
Decoine-Zuniga confessed to undercover officers posing as crime bosses in a criminal organization that he beat and stomped McGillis while his friend stabbed him.
For three months in 2011, the officers kept in almost daily contact with Decoine-Zuniga, trying to convince him they wanted him to join their underworld group.
The officers lured him with trips to strip clubs, restaurants, even a playoff hockey game in Vancouver while paying Decoine-Zuniga some $13,000.
But Decoine-Zuniga's lawyer argued the story his client finally told Mr. Big about his involvement doesn't hold up, failing to match witness accounts or forensic evidence.
He suggested Decoine-Zuniga simply lied about it because he wanted to join the group and impress Mr. Big.
The prosecutor argued Decoine-Zuniga's statements had "the ring of truth" and should be accepted by the judge.
Justice John Gill will announce his ruling on Friday afternoon.