Judge hears 1st witness in Iqaluit murder trial

Daniel Hodgson, 41, faces a second-degree murder charge

The first witness in Daniel Hodgson’s second-degree murder trial said he witnessed Hodgson put Bradley Winsor in a “chokehold” the night before Winsor was pronounced dead on May 19, 2017. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By David Venn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The first witness to take the stand in Daniel Hodgson’s second-degree murder trial on Tuesday said he watched Bradley Winsor turn blue while in a “chokehold” on the floor of a home nearly four years ago.

Police found Winsor, then 23 years old, unresponsive at a home in Apex in the early hours of May 19, 2017. Hodgson was arrested the same day at the Iqaluit airport.

During his testimony in court, Shawn Burke, 29, said he and Winsor had been drinking since the afternoon and attended a house party in Apex the evening of May 18, 2017.

Throughout the party, Burke said Hodgson and Winsor were talking.

At one point, Burke said, he asked Winsor for the keys to his car, and Winsor began dangling them in front of Burke.

Burke testified that Winsor pushed him, then another person at the party, before Hodgson came in from the kitchen and put Winsor in a chokehold.

“They fell right away,” Burke said Tuesday.

Burke said Winsor began turning blue and pulled Hodgson off him. He said he gave him CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Winsor breathed a few times before medics arrived.

Throughout the testimony and cross examination, Burke was repeatedly asked if he witnessed anyone doing cocaine, to which Burke answered that he had not.

The trial, which has been rescheduled a number of times, will resume Wednesday and be available to the public via call-in and video conferencing.

Correction:

This story has been updated to reflect the fact Daniel Hodgson is being tried by judge alone.

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