A Lawyer's Investigation
As part of my investigation, I went to William Head and interviewed
the prisoners whose names Mr. Weaver had given to the RCMP to corroborate
his alibi. I spoke separately to Mr. Bouchard and Mr. Terry, who had been
watching a movie that evening since 8:00 p.m.; each of them remembered
Mr. Weaver coming back to the house at around 9:30 with his friends and
remaining until around 9:40, when Mr. McCullough came in and announced
that a prisoner had been piped. Mr. Sutherland, Mr. Sims, and Mr. Perras
all confirmed Mr. Weaver's account, with some differences in the details
they remembered. These differences, far from undermining, enhanced the
credibility of their accounts. Mr. Sims' statement had some important
additional relevance. About half an hour before he went to see Gary Weaver
that night, he had met up with Curtis Caziere, who said he was expecting
some trouble later that evening and asked Mr. Sims to "back his play,"
a prison reference to standing by him in the event of a confrontation.
Mr. Sims asked Mr. Caziere what the play was and who the players would
be. Mr. Caziere refused to give any details, and Mr. Sims replied that
he was not prepared to walk in blind. Mr. Caziere knew that Mr. Sims was
a good friend of Gary Weaver; it was inconceivable that he would have
asked Mr. Sims to back his play if he believed Gary Weaver would be involved.
I also interviewed George Storry, who confirmed the courtesy arrangement
he had with Mr. Weaver regarding the use of the phone in the F-Unit Community
Building. He remembered that after Mr. Weaver hung up the phone he went
over to the laundry room, briefly scanned the bulletin board and then
exited the building in the direction of F-7. He also remembered that Mr.
Weaver was wearing a shirt and pants but no coat, and that he did not
appear to be in a hurry. Of particular significance, Mr. Storry remembered
that Mr. Weaver had not left the F-Unit Community Building until after
he began his call to his wife. With Mr. Storry's consent, I obtained a
copy of his Millennium telephone log from Mr. Montminy at National Headquarters;
it showed that his call to his wife began shortly after 9:29 p.m., a fact
that reduced the already narrow window of opportunity within which, theoretically,
Mr. Weaver could have participated in the attack on Mr. Caziere. Mr. Storry's
statements confirmed that Mr. Weaver's behaviour and activities in the
F-Unit Community Building were inconsistent with those of a man getting
ready to participate in a murderous attack on a prisoner in another part
of the prison; furthermore, the fact that Mr. Weaver's telephone call
came to an end only with Mr. Storry's arrival was inconsistent with the
theory that Mr. Weaver had an appointment to keep with alleged co-conspirators.
Mr. Storry had at first been reluctant to meet with me, but on further
reflection agreed because, as he explained, he had himself been the subject
of false allegations that resulted in his transfer from William Head several
years previously. Warden Gallagher had received "reliable information"
that Mr. Storry was plotting to escape from William Head. As a result,
Mr. Storry was transferred to Mission Institution. He initiated a court
case. A Federal Court judge found the warden's belief that Mr. Storry
was involved in the escape "patently unreasonable" and ordered that he
be returned to William Head. Apart from the courtesy arrangement over
access to the phones, he had no dealings with Mr. Weaver. Mr. Storry,
like the other prisoners I interviewed, agreed to swear an affidavit confirming
what he had told me.
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