Cape Dorset man charged with first degree murder denied bail

A 20-year-old from Cape Dorset will remain in custody after telling police he killed his brother.

Man says he was high on gasoline fumes when he shot brother

A young man from Cape Dorset will remain in custody.

Peter Kingwatsiak appeared before deputy judge Todd Ducharme this morning in Iqaluit for a bail hearing.

The judge ruled that Kingwatsiak will stay behind bars until his trial.

The 20-year-old is facing charges related to shooting his step-brother Mappaluk Adla between the eyes with a .303 rifle in September 2010.

Kingwatsiak has been in custody since he was charged with first degree murder, break and enter and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Kingwatsiak has admitted to the killing.

He says he was high at the time because he was sniffing gasoline.

He has no previous criminal record.

But the crown says at the time he pulled the trigger, Kingwatsiak knew what he was doing.

Kingwatsiak's defense lawyer James Morton says he could argue the killing was manslaughter and not murder ...

but says that is an issue for the trial judge to decide.

A trial date has yet to be set.

The matter will next be in court on August 12.

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