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Pynn-Butler trial: Evidence shifts to Averill Baker's role

A Supreme Court jury is hearing evidence today connected to prominent St. John's defence lawyer Averill Baker.

DNA expert, Baker's neighbour take the stand

The jury in the trail for Philip Pynn and Lyndon Butler heard evidence on Thursday of lawyer Averill Baker's role in the events on the night Nick Winsor was shot. (CBC)

A Supreme Court jury is hearing evidence today connected to prominent St. John's defence lawyer Averill Baker.

On Thursday, Jean Kearsey took the stand at Philip Pynn and Lyndon Butler's second-degree murder trial to describe the night her apartment on Kingsbridge Road flooded. 

Kearsey lived in the same building as Baker, who is a former lawyer for Pynn.

She testified that at 2:25 a.m. on July 10, 2011, she woke up to water coming down through the ceiling of her basement apartment. 

Kearsey said she knocked on all of her neighbours' doors and asked if they had water running. The last apartment she went to was Baker's. 

Kearsey told the court that after knocking for approximately 10 minutes, Baker came to the door. 

Kearsey said she heard the voice of a young man inside the apartment ask, "Who was that?" 

During cross-examination, Kearsey said she wasn't positive which night the flood had happened. 

The woman also described seeing a fleet of police cars outside her home the day after the flood in her apartment. 

The Crown did not say why Kearsey had been called to the stand.

CBC's Ariana Kelland has been tweeting live from the courtroom on Thursday.