Toronto Sun

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Defence blames murder victim's hubby

Spotlight on spouse

By SAM PAZZANO, COURTS BUREAU
TORONTO SUN

The common-law husband of a woman found slain at her Toronto office was accused yesterday of being her killer.

Defence lawyer Michael McLachlan put Ray Duguay under the spotlight yesterday -- suggesting he knew 46-year-old Luzmila Contreras was strangled "because you were there, sir."

"No, I never killed Luzmila," replied Duguay.

"You had the unique knowledge of the cause of death by strangulation," asked McLachlan.

"No ... I was not even near that place," said Duguay.

Semen belonging to Duguay and McLachlan's client, Jason Colson, was found on Contreras' body.

Colson, 25, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the July 31, 1999 death of Contreras.

The mother of three was a paralegal who specialized in immigration work.

Colson had worked in Contreras' building as a handyman from November 1998 through January 1999, but she moved into the building after he had stopped working there, court heard.

The Crown is alleging Colson forced Contreras to fellate him and murdered her at her Bloor St. W. office.

THEY FOUGHT OVER THE HOUSE

Duguay testified earlier he had suffered bruises when he was attacked by Contreras the day before she went missing. The fight was triggered by his refusing her demand that he hand over his interest in their house.

McLaughlan suggested Duguay's injuries were caused during a fatal attack on Luzmila.

"That's a lie," Duguay said.

He said he and Contreras reconciled at their Robinglade Dr. home on July 30, 1999, and made love at night. The next morning, she performed oral sex on Duguay, he told the jury .

When she went missing, he testified he thought she'd left him to go to a Leamington cottage she'd rented.

Duguay, now 43, had just been laid off from his job of 13 years the month before her death.

The trial continues.

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