EDMONTON (CP) — Crown prosecutors say an Edmonton man accused of murdering two co- workers and wounding others at a grocery warehouse in 2014 planned to kill anyone he could find.
Jayme Pasieka, who is 32, faces 10 charges including first-degree murder and attempted murder. His trial began Tuesday.
Police have said a man with a knife in each hand and wearing a military-style vest randomly slashed and stabbed workers as he walked through a huge Loblaws complex on Feb. 28, 2014.
The Crown told the jury that it intends to prove that Pasieka planned the attack, buying knives at a West Edmonton Mall store before going to the warehouse where he worked.
Crown prosecutor Kim Goddard said the evidence will show Pasieka slowly walked into the warehouse, stabbing people as he went.
Police quickly identified Pasieka as a suspect.
He was arrested a few hours after the attacks sitting in a car in an industrial area on the opposite end of the city.
Goddard told the jury there were bloody knives on the seat beside him.
The Crown said the evidence will show the victims' DNA was on the knives.
Thierno Bah, 41, and Fitzroy Harris, 50, were killed and four other men were wounded.
Bah was originally from Guinea and moved to Montreal in 2009. He had a master's degree in nanotechnology, but had trouble finding work in his field because his English was weak. He moved with his wife and four young children to Edmonton a few months before he was killed.
Harris was a married father of three grown children and had two grandchildren. Family have said he was a talented DJ who loved reggae music and went by the nickname Spragga.