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Widow of alleged victim testifies in Mark Moore trial

02/26/2015 07:23 EST | Updated 04/28/2015 05:59 EDT
The trial of a Toronto man accused of murdering four people — three of them strangers — continued Thursday with testimony from the widow of one of the victims. 

Jahmeel Spence, 27, was gunned down on Sept. 10, 2010 in a laneway on Greenbrae Circuit in the city's east end. He was last seen making a stop at a nearby convenience store, after which he was expected to collect his family from his mother-in-law's home. 

His widow, Shivonne Clarke, testified she received a text from Spence but didn't have time to respond before she heard gunshots.

"I ran out. I noticed his shoes first," Clarke told the court, through tears. "They were white with green and I saw the police already ahead of me."

The Crown contends Spence was killed by 30-year-old Mark Moore, an aspiring rapper. 

Four counts

Moore is also on trial for first-degree murder in the killings of:

- Mike James, 23, and Courthney Facey, 18, killed in an apparent drive-by shooting on Sept. 29, 2010. 

- Carl Cole, 45, shot repeatedly behind an apartment building on Greenbrae Circuit on Nov. 24, 2010. 

The Crown says the victims were killed with the same 9-mm gun used to shoot Spence.

Moore apparently did not know Spence, James or Facey. 

Kevin Williams, a fellow rapper and friend of Moore's, is a key witness for the Crown.

Williams is expected to testify that he was in the car with Moore when he shot and killed Facey and James.

Moore has pleaded not guilty to all four counts. 

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