Inside Stony Mountain Penitentiary.
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Raymond Gaspard Chartrand, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Indian Posse leader Sheldon Anthony McKay.
McKay's murder was part of an "internal cleansing" initiated by other gang members at the prison, Crown attorney Carla Dewar told jurors Monday.
Dewar said Chartrand was one of six Indian Posse gang members who entered McKay's cell, beat and choked him to death.
Dewar said the investigation into the killing remained stalled until 2009 when a former gang member told police of "several incidents" and "started the ball rolling."
The Crown's case will rely heavily on another inmate, Travis Personius, who allegedly stood guard as the six gangsters entered Chartrand's cell.
Personius is expected to testify that Chartrand told him they "choked (McKay) out" and killed him.
Personius, a convicted killer, has received a reduced sentence in return for his testimony, Dewar said.
"What Mr. Personius cannot tell you is what happened in the cell, but someone else can and will," Dewar said.
That someone is co-accused Jeffrey Bruyere. Dewar said Bruyere has been offered no consideration in return for his testimony.
The trial is set to last three weeks.