"Bugged" Xbox 360 game led to teenage killer's arrest

On September 1, 2009, a 19-year-old woman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada was the victim of a random shooting. Charlotte Dawn Jolly was shot and killed on the streets of Saskatoon while she was out celebrating her birthday with friends. The suspect was 16 years old at the time, and cannot be identified due to Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act and a court-imposed publication ban. The court heard that the suspect was able to obtain a rifle from a stolen vehicle. 

As reported on the CBC, police were finally able to make an arrest thanks to the use of a hidden microphone, but the 'spy' item was a bit peculiar - the microphone was hidden inside a jewel case for an Xbox 360 game. The undercover 'spy' in this case? The suspect's own uncle.

The plan was latched in place by the suspect's uncle, who agreed to cooperate with police in exchange for dropping a drinking and driving charge. Police setup the microphone inside a case before the uncle and the suspect went on a midnight to dawn gaming session on Guitar Hero. During those hours, the suspect shared details of his crime. Following the admission, police made their arrest.

The suspect is currently facing second-degree murder charges.

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hehe, bravo uncle. bad blood is bad blood right? that kid had it coming. although folks might say "that uncle sold his nephy out just to throw out his careless drunken stoopor" in the end, he may have prevented future murders by putting this ill minded child away.

Glad he got caught in the end and hope he gets the punishment he deserves, But just out of curiosity the fact that the confession was gained by using a bugging device, would that not be classed as entrapment? Or is it an area where US law is different than UK law?

Aj_uk said,
Glad he got caught in the end and hope he gets the punishment he deserves, But just out of curiosity the fact that the confession was gained by using a bugging device, would that not be classed as entrapment? Or is it an area where US law is different than UK law?
To my knowledge, entrapment only occurs when something done by law enforcement agencies causes a person to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed. So such a thing would be perfectly legal in both the US and the UK.

Entrapment relates to a police officer encouraging someone to commit a crime. This was simply a case of gathering evidence for a crime that had already taken place. Completely different.

Aj_uk said,
Glad he got caught in the end and hope he gets the punishment he deserves, But just out of curiosity the fact that the confession was gained by using a bugging device, would that not be classed as entrapment? Or is it an area where US law is different than UK law?
This happened in Canada, not in the US.

Pulgafree said,
Wouldn't be more simpler to contact Microsoft and take the recordings of the guy's voice chat sessions?

A lot of people are assuming they played over Xbox Live, but I don't think that's the case. It sounds like the uncle and the kid played together in the same house. The microphone was hidden in an Xbox game case in the room with the uncle and kid. No Xbox live or chat involved.

His nephew killed someone, he'd every right to turn him in. Getting off a drinking and driving charge was their way of flipping him. If anyone in my family killed someone i'd turn them in so fast their head would spin. Blood is thicker then water but if someone kills someone, forget it!

Whoever done it, a 16 year old kid, was an idiot anyway and chances are if the uncle didn't get the recording other people would find out anyway. He was playing xbox with his uncle all night? did he mute his microphone or was it continuous local battles fueled by redbull and vodka?

If they were a true murderer, or hitman if you will. they wouldn't have shared ANY details of anything with anyone regardless if it was blood or not. People need to vent this **** and they don't look for the obvious signs. I listened to bugged FBI and CIA recordings of people who were 'stealing' satellite and the UC was asking 'whats a keyroller do?' whats a 'rom card unlocker?' 'what will this allow me to do?' really suspicious detailed questions any 'so-called' satellite card hacker already knows the answer to... Sometimes peoples' pride clouds their vision and they get whats coming to them.

Nobody is your friend when it comes to serious incidents/accusations like that. Everyone is out for themselves in this world - Im sure the uncle wouldn't have done it if he didn't get to keep his license and drop a $600+ fine.

16 year old won't be tried until they are 20 so they can be sentenced as an adult and serve 20 no patrol. Honestly I pitty the uncle after all this, as his neice/nephew has a target on his head for when this settles Im sure.

Were it someone that I cared about, I wouldn't care if the perp's best friend, mother, father, brother, siamese twin, or god himself sold the guy out.

Why would you talk about it on the xbox.

BRB Dave
That's me back
Where you go dude ?
Oh I just killed some woman.
lol

Gaffney said,
Why would you talk about it on the xbox.

BRB Dave
That's me back
Where you go dude ?
Oh I just killed some woman.
lol

He was telling his uncle the details of the crime while playing xbox. The hidden microphone just happened to be in a game case. It could just as well have been hidden in the uncle's pocket.

lol what a numptey would be surprised if a 16 year old knew how to use a rifle or even shoot straight. Guess was heart broken or something.

What a dick of an Uncle. Thought blood was thicker than water, this guy basically sold out his nephew so that he can get off free.

But yeah, Also agreed that the case was bugged, not the game itself.

Neztea said,
What a dick of an Uncle. Thought blood was thicker than water, this guy basically sold out his nephew so that he can get off free.

But yeah, Also agreed that the case was bugged, not the game itself.

I'd sell out any member of my family, regardless if I got out anything out of it or not. If they'd callously killed someone like that? They don't deserve to be related to me.

Neztea said,
What a dick of an Uncle. Thought blood was thicker than water, this guy basically sold out his nephew so that he can get off free.

But yeah, Also agreed that the case was bugged, not the game itself.


So you wouldn't turn in a family member who murdered someone?

I'd tell the police straight away, as @Coagulated said, if he did something like that, he does not deserve to be related.

usually i would agree but not for a random pointless murder.. ending someones like so short for no reason what so ever, did he also steal the vehicle? sounds like he's a danger to the public and should be behind bars...

Neztea said,
What a dick of an Uncle. Thought blood was thicker than water, this guy basically sold out his nephew so that he can get off free.

But yeah, Also agreed that the case was bugged, not the game itself.

So wait are you saying its OK to protect a murderer?
I think the uncle did what he did because he knew his nephew was in the wrong.
I don't think he did it just to have the DUI charge dropped.
Family ties are important, but you have to draw a line somewhere.

netsendjoe said,

So wait are you saying its OK to protect a murderer?
I think the uncle did what he did because he knew his nephew was in the wrong.
I don't think he did it just to have the DUI charge dropped.
Family ties are important, but you have to draw a line somewhere.

I just ment that it was a dick move for a family member to sell out another just so that he can get his charges dropped. If it wasn't for the Drunk driving charges, he probably wouldn't have done it. That and the police probably coerced him to do so. Just saying.

Murdering = bad .

Neztea said,

I just ment that it was a dick move for a family member to sell out another just so that he can get his charges dropped. If it wasn't for the Drunk driving charges, he probably wouldn't have done it. That and the police probably coerced him to do so. Just saying.

No, most right-minded people wouldn't protect a family member who murdered someone.

Neztea said,
I just ment that it was a dick move for a family member to sell out another just so that he can get his charges dropped.

That's not the point you originally made, nor is it valid. The kid committed murder and deserved no family loyalty. It is irrelevant why the uncle did it.

And "murdering = bad"? I don't even know how to respond to that.