UPDATE: Prosecutor outlines case for jury in Neville murder trial

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Steven Michael Neville was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Wednesday for what was supposed to be the start of his murder trial. However, the first evidence is now expected to be heard today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Prosecutor Robin Fowler outlined the Crown’s case to the jury in the murder trial of Steven Neville underway in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s today.

“Steven Neville was angry on Oct. 8, 2010 and came up with a plan to stab and kill Doug Flynn and Ryan Dwyer,” Fowler told the court.

Fowler said Neville was angry over an ongoing feud that began over $65 that Neville owed Dwyer’s younger brother.

“Ryan Dwyer and Doug Flynn were no angels,” Fowler told the jury. “Ryan Dwyer will tell you he doesn’t like Steven Neville.”

Fowler noted the dislike was apparent by a posting on Dwyer’s Facebook page that contained a quote from one of rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s lyrics which was changed slightly by Dwyer.

“Kick in the door, wavin’ the four-four, All you heard was Granny Neville, saying don’t hit me no more.” (Actual lyric is: “Kick in the door, wavin' the four-four All you heard was Poppa don't hit me no more.”

Fowler said a female friend of Neville brought the posting to his attention and it enraged Neville. He sent the friend a text, “They’re dead, dead, dead. I’m going to stab them until they squirt blood.”

Fowler said later Dwyer and Flynn spotted Neville in a car and followed. Neville jumped out of the car he was in before it stopped. Dwyer and Flynn got out of the vehicle they were in, and Dwyer got to Neville first and was stabbed in the arms by Neville. When Flynn got there, he was stabbed in the temple and chest.

The Crown has called its first witness, RNC Const. Tom Warren, the primary investigator in the case.

Neville is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Flynn on Oct. 9, 2010 in Paradise. He's also charged with attempted murder.

Full coverage in Friday’s print edition.

 

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Justice Carl Thompson began giving instructions to the jury on the opening day of Steven Neville's murder trial at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's this morning.

"We're ready to get down to business," the judge told the seven women and five men of the panel.

He told jury members to avoid all media coverage and consider only the evidence heard during testimony. He said to keep an open mind and not to show prejudice against anyone.

Thompson advised them not to come to any conclusions until they've heard all the evidence.  

Once Thompson completes his instructions, the Crown will begin presenting its case, which is expected to happen later this morning.

Neville is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Doug Flynn on Oct. 9, 2010 in Paradise. He's also charged with the attempted murder of another man on that day in Paradise.

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There’s been yet another delay in the start of Steven Michael Neville’s murder trial.

Neville —  who is accused of stabbing another man to death — was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Wednesday for what was supposed to be the first day of his six-week trial.

The trial was originally set to begin Monday, but a legal issue forced a postponement until Wednesday.

On Wednesday, that issue still hadn’t been resolved.

Justice Carl Thompson told the jury that the issue “concerning the breadth of the evidence” has to be dealt with first before the Crown can call its first witness.

However, he said things are expected to get underway today.

Neville, 21, of Paradise was arrested in early October 2010 in connection with the stabbing death of 19-year-old Doug Flynn.

Flynn was killed during an incident on Carlisle Drive in Paradise. Neville allegedly stabbed him and another 19-year-old man during an altercation, and then ran. It’s believed all three of the men knew each other.

RNC officers found Neville hours later walking in the area of Ashford Drive in Mount Pearl and took him into custody.

 

Charges were upgraded

He was initially charged with second-degree murder, but that was upgraded to first-degree murder shortly after his arrest.

Neville also faces charges of attempted murder and several firearms charges.

He’s being represented by Rosellen Sullivan and Peter Ralph. Robin Fowler and Jason House are the Crown prosecutors.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Robin Fowler and Jason House

Geographic location: Paradise, Mount Pearl

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