October 30, 2012
Accused's roommate confesses to stabbing
By Megan Gillis, QMI Agency
OTTAWA — Carl St. Cyr confessed to a jury Tuesday that it was him and not Toby Land, who is on trial for murder, who stabbed their roommate with a samurai sword.
St. Cyr said he came into the living room of the apartment the three men shared to find Land beating Dominic Doyon with a hammer.
He said he grabbed his crutches and joined in the assault.
Then he saw Land with the sword and "ripped it out of his hand."
"I was kind of smiling and you could say losing my mind," St. Cyr testified, recounting how Doyon was making "weird noises" on the couch.
"With my right hand I stabbed him in the torso. I pulled it out then I stabbed him again. I was thinking how easily the sword went into his body. I was expecting more resistance."
Land initially told police he had both beat Doyon with a hammer and stabbed him with the sword in a confrontation about Doyon's 15-year-old girlfriend on May 4, 2009. He said St. Cyr just used the crutches.
But at his trial, Land testified that he lied to cover for his buddy of 12 years and it was really St. Cyr who wielded the sword.
The jury has heard that St. Cyr, who was originally charged with murder along with Land, is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter after pleading guilty to the reduced charge.
Land, 28, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.