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Jeanenne Fontaine's brother says he left 3 men at home, heard shots the day she was shot, the house burned down



Vincent "Chuck" Fontaine says that the morning when his sister Jeanenne was shot, he left three men who were looking for the boyfriend in his house, without thinking about anything.

Less than 20 minutes later, Fontaine said he was running frantically to his uncle's house in his socks after hearing a gunshot, and one of these men pointed a gun at him.

Fontaine was at Court of Queen's Bench in Winnipeg on Tuesday, the second day of the trial of Christopher Brass and Jason Meilleur, to testify about what he witnessed the day his sister was shot.

Brass and Meilleur are charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jeanine Fontaine, Tina Fontaine's cousin. They both pleaded not guilty.

On March 14, 2017, Jeanenne Fontaine was shot in the back of her head inside her house on Aberdeen Avenue, near Salter Street. The house was burned down.

She was pulled from the burning building, but died at the hospital the next day.

This photo, shown on January 7, 2019, at the trial of two men charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jeanenne Fontaine, shows the result of a fire on an avenue in Aberdeen. Fontaine was shot in the house, which was set ablaze on March 14, 2017. (Court appearance)

His brother testified Tuesday that he was living with Jeanenne and his mother, Lana, at the time his sister was killed.

On the morning of March 14, Fontaine said that three men came to the house, asking for Jeanenne's boyfriend, whom he witnessed being a drug dealer. When he told the trio that the boyfriend was not there, they went to talk to Jeanenne, he told the jury.

While in the living room, Fontaine said he could hear the trio asking his sister where her boyfriend was, and telling her that her boyfriend had spoiled everything.

Not long afterwards, when he was in the kitchen, Fontaine said he heard a gunshot, then saw one of the men walk into the kitchen and throw garbage on the stove.

When he asked what the man was doing, Fontaine said that the man pointed a gun at him. He said he walked out the door with his socks on.

He ran to his uncle, where he tried to get hold of his sister, calling and sending messages to her several times without success. It was not until later hours, when police took him to the hospital, that he discovered that she had been shot, he said.

Men do not seem to be a threat

During the interrogation, Theodore Mariash – one of Meilleur's defense attorneys – asked Fontaine why he had left the three men at home.

Fontaine said he thought his sister might get mad at him and that "they did not seem to be a threat at the time."

He also acknowledged during the interrogation that he only saw a man do something suspicious, and that he did not know where the gun was fired.

In addition to Jeanenne, Vincent Fontaine was the only person at home at the time of the shooting, according to the court.

A photo of the Aberdeen House fire, shown in court on Monday, the first day of the trial of Christopher Brass and Jason Meilleur. Jeanine Fontaine's brother Vincent Fontaine told the court on Tuesday that the day he was shot he heard a gunshot and saw one of the three men he entered the house entering the kitchen and throwing garbage on the stove. (Court appearance)

On Monday, the first day of the trial, prosecutor Geoffrey Bayly said that Crown intends to prove that Brass and Meilleur went to Fontaine's house that day with a third man, Malcolm Miles Mitchell, to try to collect a drug debt from your boyfriend.

They thought the boyfriend would be home, but when he was not the trio tried to rob Jeanenne Fontaine, Bayly told the court.

During the course of the robbery, he claimed, Fontaine was shot and "chaos ensued" inside the house. Bayly also showed the pictures of the burned-out Aberdeen court house on Monday.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and was sentenced to life in prison, with probation eligibility after 10 years.

Meilleur is being represented by defense lawyers Mariash and Trang Ly, while Brass is defended by Tara Walker and Mitch Mraovic. Bayly and promoter Michael Desautels are representing the Crown.


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