– Deng Malith Deng – Travis Waskahat : “Man Pleads Guilty to Second Manslaughter Charge in Edmonton Shooting Case”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Man Pleads Guilty to Second Manslaughter Charge in Edmonton Shooting Cases

Montana Houle, a 23-year-old man, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with two separate shooting incidents in Edmonton’s core. The first incident occurred on August 26, 2020, when 32-year-old Deng Malith Deng was shot and killed after answering the door of a suite near Edmonton’s Chinatown. The second incident involved the stabbing death of 24-year-old Travis Waskahat, which occurred several months later in a home close to where Deng was killed.

Houle initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but reached an agreement with the Crown on the second day of his trial to admit responsibility for manslaughter. He is currently in custody, and a sentencing date is set to be determined on Friday.

According to the agreed statement of facts in Deng’s case, Houle and another man visited a specific address to collect money from a tenant. When Deng answered the door, Houle fired two rounds from a firearm, fatally striking Deng in the chest. Houle and the other man then fled the scene. Surveillance cameras captured their escape, and a witness in the apartment later identified Houle from a photo lineup.

In June 2021, Edmonton police developed a plan to arrest Houle, during which they also identified him as a suspect in the Waskahat homicide that occurred in June 2021. Houle was subsequently arrested in August 2021 and has remained in custody since then.

During the trial, prosecutor Dane Bullerwell informed the jury that some witnesses on the Crown’s list may be reluctant to testify due to their challenging life circumstances.

Houle is expected to be sentenced for both the Deng and Waskahat homicides simultaneously.

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