Crown alleges Winnipeg woman stabbed after socializing with stranger

WINNIPEG — A jury in Winnipeg has heard that a woman repeatedly stabbed in her home more than two years ago was allegedly killed by a stranger she had met just hours before while looking for a lost dog.

Opening statements were heard Monday in the trial for Brenda Lee Schuff, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Judy Kenny.

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Crown prosecutor Debbie Buors told jurors they will hear evidence that the 54-year-old alleged victim was looking for a friend's lost pet one evening in April 2017 when she came across Schuff.

She says they returned to Kenney's house to socialize and drink before violence erupted.

The jury also heard testimony from Winnipeg police forensic identification officer Susan Roy-Haegeman, who said Kenny's blood was found in her home, as well as in a house the accused lived in on the same street.

The court heard the alleged victim's blood was also found on Schuff's hands and clothing.

"This is a case about two neighbours together at Judy Kenny’s home," Buors told jurors. "Before this night the two were unknown to each other."

“Something went terribly wrong that early morning and Judy Kenny was beaten, she was stomped and she was stabbed multiple times," said Buors.

The court heard two swabs were taken from Schuff's home: one from the door of the master bedroom and another from the kitchen.

Both swabs were sent to an RCMP laboratory for DNA analysis, where it was determined they contained Kenny's DNA.

The defence has yet to cross-examine Roy-Haegeman.

The trial is scheduled to last three weeks. (CTV Winnipeg)

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