Judge Allows Video Statement In Barrett Trial
A judge has decided to allow a recorded statement to be admitted into evidence in the trial of Thomas Ted Barrett. The 40 year-old is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brett Elizabeth McKinnon of Glace Bay. Judge Robin Gogan ruled this afternoon that the court will hear a videotaped statement from Sheryl Flynn, of Sydney Mines, who told police that Barrett admitted to killing MacKinnon. Flynn died of a drug overdose less than a year after the statement was given. The video was the subject of closed door sessions over the last few days as Barrett’s defense tried to have the recording excluded. Gogan’s ruling comes after witness testimony wrapped up this morning, when the court heard from Flynn’s son. James Ryan Flynn appeared as a rebuttal witness for the Crown. Proceedings have been adjourned for the day and are scheduled to resume tomorrow.