Eli convicted in 2011 Kitimat murder

Tyler Scott Eli was convicted on three criminal charges, including second degree murder, in Terrace court earlier this week.

Two days of heavy drinking and repeated viewings of a violent movie preceding a shocking murder in Kitimat in October 2011, Terrace court heard.

Tyler Scott Eli told psychiatrists he felt like he was in a movie and could kill someone without getting caught, a packed courtroom heard as Justice Robert Punnett read his reasons for his judgement on Eli after a lengthy trial.

Punnett said Crown had to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt and succeeded.

Punnett found Eli guilty of the second degree murder of Maria Rego, attempted murder of Gualter Rego and break and enter with intent to commit an offence in Terrace supreme court November 5, more than three years after the crime was committed.

On October 9, 2011, around 7 a.m., Kitimat RCMP were called to a residence in the Whitesails area for an alleged break and enter with assault, whereby officers found a man and woman, who had been assaulted and were in need of immediate medical help, said police in a release at that time.

Both went to hospital in Kitimat where the woman died from her injuries and the man had surgery and was listed in stable condition, reported police.

An autopsy was scheduled to confirm the woman’s exact cause of death, said police.

A 19-year-old man was arrested nearby without incident, said police.

Kitimat RCMP, North District Major Crimes, Forensic Identification, Regional GIS (major cases) and E Division Serious Crime Unit were brought in to investigate.

Defence ‘s argument was that Eli was in a delirium caused by alcohol or drug consumption but all the evidence shows he was not in a delirium, said Punnett.

Ån expert witness had testified during trial that if Eli smoked marijuana at 11 p.m., it would be out of his system by 5 a.m., court heard.

Whether he intended to kill anyone was a question but there certainly was intent, said Punnett.

Eli had said he wanted to hurt or kill and see blood, he removed his shoes to muffle the sound of his entry into the residence through a window, got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed both residents and if Mr. Rego hadn’t fought back, he would’ve been killed too, court heard.

Rego managed to get Eli out of the bedroom and barricaded himself inside. Eli’s attempts to get back into the room showed he had intent and he said he wanted to take Rego down.

Rego suffered significant stab wounds to his torso that required immediate surgery and death was possible.

A pre-sentence report will be done before sentencing to assist the judge. A date for sentencing will be fixed at a later date.

Crown prosecutors said they would ask for a sentence of more than 10 years.

A charge of aggravated assault was stayed by the court.