Final arguments were heard Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Wayne Eisnor, who is accused of gunning down his estranged wife in the parking lot of a New Germany grocery store in 2010.
Eisnor is accused of shooting and killing Tina Mae Eisnor in June 2010. He suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after his estranged wife was shot and claims to have no memory of the incident.
Earlier this week, Eisnor testified he didn't shoot his wife with his handgun and told the court he didn't believe that a box of bullets — found in his house by police — was his.
Eisnor could not explain how the firearm came to be at the grocery store parking lot where his estranged wife was found dead.
Closing arguments in the case were heard in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater on Tuesday.
Eisnor’s lawyer, Roger Burrill, opened his comments with a message to the jury.
“This is not a horse race,” he said. “This is not an election. This is not a popularity contest.”
Burrill said the crown didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Tina Eisnor’s death was pre-meditated.
“He’s not bluffing,” Burrill said of his client’s amnesia. “He’s not trying to fool you.”
Burrill reminded the jurors that witnesses saw Wayne and Tina Eisnor talking for about five minutes before she was shot. He said if Eisnor had planned to kill his wife, he wouldn’t have spoken to her so long before the shooting.
“Something happened between the parties; something ugly and nasty that we will never know.”
Burrill also discussed the content of hand-written notes police recovered from the Eisnor home after the shooting.
“They are musings, writing of a troubled person,” he told the court. “There’s some nasty things in there, but there’s very little planning.”
Burrill said the notes reveal disfunction and disorder, but nothing to indicate a plan for first-degree murder.
Victim ‘felt threatened’
Crown Prosecutor Lloyd Tancock painted a different picture during closing arguments.
Tancock spoke of the testimony of Tina Eisnor’s family and friends, who said she felt threatened by her estranged husband. They also said she was worried Wayne Eisnor was following her.
Tancock gave seven reasons why Eisnor should be convicted, including the fact that he took a loaded handgun to the grocery store. Tancock said Eisnor removed the trigger lock, loaded the handgun and took it to his van – all signs of premeditation.
The Crown also turned to Eisnor’s notes.
“She says she never cheated on me. Bullshit,” Tancock quoted from the notes. “I told Tina years ago that if she ever did that to me that she wouldn’t live.”
Tancock continued to quote notes from Eisnor:
“All you people made a fool of me. Now who’s the fool? RIP you f--kers.”
Tancock finished his argument by urging the jury to convict Wayne Eisnor of first-degree murder.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday.