Expert evidence under the microscope as Pompeo case returns

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Const. David Pompeo's aggravated assault trial resumes in Duncan provincial court Thursday, but there's no end in sight.

"We are arguing the admissibility of the expert evidence,'' said Pompeo's defence counsel Ravi Hira.

Judge Josiah Wood will hear from both Hira and Crown prosecutor Todd Patola during the day about the arguments for and against expert testimony on both sides as it pertains to the circumstances of the case.

"The judge will probably reserve and then we come back Nov. 23 to argue the case,'' said Hira.

Pompeo is charged in the Sept. 18, 2009 shooting of Bill Gillespie at a residence near Chemainus at Henry Road and Juniper Road.

Gillespie, who was in a car with friend Dale Brewer at the time, previously testified they complied with all orders from Pompeo and partner Const. David Birchett on a traffic stop.

Pompeo countered there were threat cues by Gillespie that prompted him to discharge his firearm.

The bullet is still lodged in Gillespie.

Both sides have called several witnesses and experts to state their cases for and against Pompeo's decision to shoot.


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