Brian Malley murder trial: Victim’s sister testifies
RED DEER – Bombing victim Vicky Shachtay was running out of money and frustrated by her deteriorating financial situation.
That was the testimony Wednesday from Shachtay’s sister in the first degree murder trial of Brian Malley.
Malley is accused of sending Shachtay a deadly explosive package more than 3 years ago.
Sarah Shachtay says her sister Vicky, a paraplegic, called her investment advisor more than a dozen times asking for cash from a million dollar insurance settlement.
Vicky Shachtay died in her Innisfail townhouse in November 2011 after opening a Christmas gift bag. Inside was a gunpowder pipe bomb that exploded, instantly killing the single mother as she sat in her wheelchair.
The Crown alleges her financial advisor Brian Malley killed Shachtay after losing more than half a million dollars of her money in bad investments. She was awarded the cash after she was paralyzed in a car crash.
The defence claims Shachtay was killed by someone else who may be connected to illicit drug activity in central Alberta.
Malley’s lawyers say he is innocent, does not know how to build a bomb, and did not lose any of Shachtay’s money.
Vicky Shachtay’s lawyer also testified her client sent her an email saying she was afraid – and concerned because Shachtay didn’t know what happened to her insurance money.
The judge later ruled that evidence should be ignored by the jury.