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Alfred Vuozzo made 'inculpatory statement' in double murder

The Crown prosecutor laid out some of the case against Alfred Vuozzo, who is accused of murdering two men in eastern Prince Edward Island in August, for the media on Thursday.

Vuozzo has not yet entered a plea

Crown talks about Alfred Vuozzo

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Crown attorney Gerald Quinn talks about the Alfred Vuozzo case. 6:09

The Crown prosecutor laid out some of the case against Alfred Vuozzo, who is accused of murdering two men in eastern Prince Edward Island in August, for the media on Thursday.

Brent McGuigan, 68, and his 39-year-old son Brendon McGuigan were shot to death in St. Mary's Road, about 10 kilometres from Montague, on the evening of Aug. 20. Vuozzo was arrested the next morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Crown prosecutor Gerald Quinn spoke to the media before a hearing for Vuozzo at Georgetown courthouse. Vuozzo was not present for the hearing, but elected through his lawyer for a trial by Supreme Court judge.

Quinn told the media Vuozzo has made an inculpatory statement, saying his motivation dates back to a motor vehicle accident in 1970 in which his sister was killed.

The prosecutor said Brent McGuigan's father was driving the vehicle that struck the car containing five members of the Vuozzo family: Vuozzo's mother and father, two of his sisters, and Vuozzo himself, who was at the time only two years old.

Alfred Vuozzo is accused of killing Brent McGuigan, 68, and his son Brendon Patrick McGuigan, 39, in August. (Submitted by McGuigan family)

"Cathy, his senior sister of nine years of age, was ejected through the front windshield and died on the scene," said Quinn.

"Mr. Vuozzo, from the Crown's perspective, gave a fully inculpatory statement, after charter caution, articulating that as his motive … The Crown will rely on that motive as articulated by him to predicate its assertion that both were planned and premeditated murder."

Vuozzo did not know victims

Quinn said the elder McGuigan was convicted of dangerous driving and sentenced to nine months in jail. Quinn noted that neither of the victims had anything to do with the accident, and that Vuozzo did not know them.

"These two men, by all accounts, were good hard-working men, had no involvement whatsoever in the motor vehicle accident years ago, at all. This gentlemen had no familiarity with them other than knowing who they were," said Quinn.

"He walked into the home and he shot them both multiple times and killed them."

Quinn said Brent McGuigan's wife was home at the time of the killings and discovered the bodies, but that Vuozzo had already fled when she came into the room. Quinn said the deaths are devastating for the family.

"They're very loving of one another and well-known and good reputations in the community. Men of faith, who were just shot dead on a perceived, antiquated motivation that from the Crown's perspective makes absolutely no sense at all," he said.

Vuozzo, who has not yet entered a plea, will be back in court Nov. 14.

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