P.A. jury finds man guilty of 2nd-degree murder

A Prince Albert, Sask., jury has found Wayne Moshenko guilty of second-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of Ricky Bear.

Wayne Moshenko to be sentenced Oct. 16

A Prince Albert, Sask., jury has found Wayne Moshenko guilty of second-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of Ricky Bear.

A jury in Prince Albert spent 1½ hours deliberating Tuesday before reaching the guilty verdict.

During the trial, court heard the two men were drinking together when Moshenko and another man assaulted Bear for at least five minutes.

Bear died on the side of a road near the city.

Credibility of witness key issue

The Crown argued that this was not just a fight, that Moshenko was out to kill.

The defence raised concerns over the testimony given by the only eyewitness, Bear's nephew Harley Bear.

While Harley Bear said he saw Moshenko strike his uncle, the defence questioned if he could be taken at his word, because his story changed more than once and he admitted he lied to police.

He also admitted he didn't actually know if it was Moshenko who beat his uncle to death.

Glad to find closure, victim's brother says

After the jury found Moshenko guilty, a member of Bear's family spoke to reporters.

"We are definitely glad to turn the page into another chapter in our lives ... to put some closure on this," said Ted Bear, Ricky Bear's brother.

"Although it's not going to bring our brother back, we can take some satisfaction out of the court proceedings that happened today."

He also said the community of Muskoday First Nation took his brother's death hard.

"Basically, [the death] shattered and devastated all of our community membership," he said. "Something like this has never happened out there, and it had a devastating effect, and two years later it still has an effect."

The other man involved in the attack has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Moshenko's sentencing is set for Oct. 16.


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