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Bail revoked for man found guilty for second time of killing Calgary bartender

Kyle Ledesma's bail was revoked on Monday, the day after he was found guilty for a second time of second-degree murder in the death of bartender Dexter Bain in 2010.

Kyle Ledesma was released for 24 hours following the verdict

Kyle Ledesma smokes a cigarette outside the Calgary Courts Centre after being found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Dexter Bain last month. (Lucie Edwardson/CBC)

Kyle Ledesma's bail was revoked on Monday, the day after he was found guilty for a second time of second-degree murder in the death of bartender Dexter Bain in 2010.

Ledesma was retried by judge and jury after the Alberta Court of Appeal identified issues with the evidence of his confession to undercover Calgary police officers.

He was released for 24 hours following Sunday's verdict, but left the courtroom in the custody of a sheriff Monday afternoon to be transported to jail.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years. He's already spent six years behind bars from his first conviction. A date for his sentencing will be set on Friday.

Kim Godin, Dexter Bain's mother, said she was pleased by the verdict. (Lucie Edwardson/CBC)

Bain, 36, was shot in the back as he was closing up his friend's pub, Our Place Pub and Grill in northeast Calgary, on Nov. 27, 2010. He left behind a girlfriend, and a daughter.

Police have called the shooting a botched robbery.

Kim Godin, Bain's mother, said she thought it was "ludicrous" Ledesma wasn't taken into custody immediately after the verdict.

"I feel safe now … I feel much better," she said.

Godin said her son had a great sense of humour, and a beautiful singing voice.

"He was a lot of fun. He loved his family, no question about that," she said.

Four-week trial

The jury of four men and eight women retired on Friday, after a four-week trial that heard from several witnesses and reviewed evidence gathered during undercover operations.

The Crown said they will be seeking more than the 10 years until parole eligibility the jury recommended. 

Jurors heard that Ledesma confessed to undercover police and his DNA was found on a gun believed to be the murder weapon.

Kyle Ledesma was found guilty Sunday of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Dexter Bain, pictured here with his girlfriend, in 2010. (Facebook)

During opening statements, Crown prosecutor Hyatt Mograbbee told the jury, "You're going to hear his own words … he shot Dexter."

But Ledesma's lawyer Rebecca Snukal told jurors Ledesma lied to impress undercover operatives posing as criminals.

Target of Mr. Big sting

Six months after the killing, Ledesma was the target of a Mr. Big operation — an undercover sting where police officers pose as criminals and befriend a suspect.

When the suspect becomes worried he will face legal consequences for his alleged crimes, he's encouraged to confess to the boss of a fictitious criminal organization, so "Mr. Big" can help him get out of trouble.

The burden is on the Crown to prove Mr. Big stings were conducted properly, and in 2017 Ledesma's defence lawyer successfully argued the justice did not properly consider whether the evidence should be admitted.

Ledesma confessed twice to the killing to the undercover officers, but testified in his own defense during the retrial that the confessions were a lie.

He said he falsely confessed out of fear and to keep his "gangster credibility."

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Sarah Rieger

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Sarah Rieger joined CBC Calgary as an online journalist in 2017. You can reach her by email at sarah.rieger@cbc.ca.

With files from Elissa Carpenter

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