Murder trial verdict expected May. 24

The trial of Kevin Mantla, accused in a bloody and brutal 2015 stabbing that left Elvis Lafferty dead and Mantla’s ex-girlfriend seriously injured, heard submissions from the Crown and defence Thursday in NWT Supreme Court. Crown prosecutor Blair McPherson, drawing from a “significant body” of forensic testimony and eye-witness accounts, doubled down on the Crown’s...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at