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Murder trial continues in bombing death of woman with disabilities

On the second day of the murder trial for Brian Malley, 57, a jury heard about the frantic first minutes after a November 2011 bomb blast that killed Victoria Shachtay, 23, of Innisfail.

Neighbour Evan Schielke was first on the scene and described how he smelled gun powder and called 911 immediately after the blast. When he went inside the residence, Schielke said he saw Shachtay slumped over in her wheelchair, her face bloody and burned.

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Malley was Shachtay’s investment advisor

Crown prosecutors claim Malley tried to cover up his failed investments by using a pipe bomb to kill Shachtay.

The pipe bomb was wrapped up in decorated paper and was delivered to the victim’s home.

Shachtay was a paraplegic single mother who received $1 million in an insurance settlement after she was hit by a car and paralyzed.

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The defence is arguing that Malley had no reason to kill the woman, and did not steal any of her money.

The murder trial in Red Deer is expected to last 4 to 5 weeks.

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