BREAKING: Strathmore man guilty of first-degree murder in shooting of ex-girlfriend

Glenn Randall showed no outward emotion Tuesday as a Calgary jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend nearly four years ago.

The five-woman, seven-man jury deliberated about 12 hours over two days before finding Randall guilty as charged in the killing of Brenda Walker in her Strathmore home.

Randall, 56, admitted shooting Walker, 49, six times, including twice in the head, but said he was too drunk to remember committing the actual slaying.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Ruttan had argued Randall was too intoxicated to form the intent to commit murder and therefore should be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

But jurors agreed with Crown prosecutor Lori Chambers who submitted the evidence showed Walker’s killing was a planned and deliberate act on Randall’s behalf.

Chambers said a series of texts leading up to the early morning shooting showed Randall was getting increasingly angry with Walker, who had ended her relationship with him a few days before the killing.

Ruttan told jurors her client’s claim he had no memory of the killing was not contradicted by the Crown.

Ruttan said that testimony established that Randall was incapable of forming the intent to kill or cause Walker serious bodily harm, and he therefore couldn’t be convicted of murder.

Ruttan also noted the series of text messages Randall sent to Walker leading up to the deadly encounter finished with a request from him to take care of his cat.

“That is inconsistent with the inference Mr. Randall intended to cause Ms. Walker’s death,” the lawyer said in final submissions last week.

Lawyers are just reviewing victim impact statements before proceeding to sentencing submissions.

Randall will be subject to an automatic life sentence without parole for a minimum 25 years.

More to come …

KMartin@postmedia.com

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