Winnipeg man fights to prove he is innocent

Brian Anderson wants to fight to prove he is innocent 45 years after a murder conviction.

Now, the man is 64 and he leads a fairly normal lifestyle: he works and communicates with his children and grandchildren. At first glance nothing squeezes out the fact that he spent a decade in prison.

"I struggle like everybody else. I gotta live," he says. "I try not to think about it — try to forget it, but it's there. Somebody's done you wrong, it's hard to forget."

Anderson tried to fight for his innocence for many years, but he was denied an appeal. So, the man has his last hope - the Federal Minister of Justice.

Anderson and three other guys were convicted of murdering a man in 1975. Three of them received life sentences, including Anderson. However, he was granted day parole in 1982, and full parole in 1987.

The man does not like to talk about his past. His daughter sits next to him.

"I don't want to be doing this interview," Anderson says. "It brings back bad memories and I have to relive this whole thing again. I don't like doing that."

However, the man has optimism and faith in victory.

Two years ago lawyers, students and volunteers for Innocence Canada got interested in his case and studied all the details. In January 2019, the men’s lawyers filed their 160-page briefing to the Federal Minister of Justice.

Lawyers believe that the justice system has turned its back to the man solely because of his Indigenous origin. Therefore, he did not have a fair trial. Anderson is going to wait even for many years, but to hear that the government made a mistake in its decision in 1974.

The man was arrested a week after the murder. He did not understand English well at that time, and signed the document that he was given without even being able to read it. It was a murder confession. Now, the lawyers are confident that his confession will be very important for the whole case since the police deceived Anderson at that moment.

"There was no forensic evidence of any type which connected Brian Anderson to the scene or to the crime itself," one of the lawyers said. "There were no lawyers or translators present during the interviews with Winnipeg police. Brian maintained from Day 1 — and testified to this effect at trial — that the police made the confession up."

"I need to be free. I didn't hurt anybody or kill anybody. I shouldn't be labeled as this," Anderson says.

MORE NEWS:Winnipeg pastor will get to prison

Brian Anderson murder conviction Innocence Canada
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor


Winnipeg Transit
Updates On Rapid Transit In Winnipeg   Construction of Rapid Transit in Winnipeg continues, and there’s a lot to unpack. Originally, once the Southwest Transitway was completed, the Eastern Transitway was to be the next step in the project. That step has been put on hold as of summer 2019 as the City develops their new Transit Master Plan. We’re going to take a deep dive into the Southwest Transitway and then we’re going to take a look at some of the propo...
Winnipeg Residential Water And Waste Fees
The City of Winnipeg is in the process of debating an increase to water and waste rates. To understand the impact this potential increase could have, it’s important to look at a few factors. First, we will analyze how these fees are structured and what they fund. Then, we will look at why an increase is being proposed in the first place. Finally, it will be helpful to compare our fees to the fees in other Canadian cities, though this can be trickier than y...
Volunteers are really making a difference in helping those who are in need. We are talking homeless people, poor, sick, disabled, children without parents…, the list is endless, so each volunteer, each day and each hour they give and provide the service, really helps those people and the cities to stay cleaner and a better place to live in. Some Winnipeggers living in homeless camps just outside of the downtown core say they prefer the autonomy of the camp...
Our City, Our Community: Creating Connections in Winnipeg   There’s a palpable tension in Winnipeg that’s been growing over the past few weeks. You might find this surprising, given we just won the Grey Cup for the first time in decades, but it’s there. This tension revealed itself when the City presented their four-year budget process, in which they anticipate having to make cuts to libraries, fire services, Transit, and more. The budget cuts stem from a...
New Residential Infill Strategy   The City of Winnipeg is developing its new residential infill strategy. Winnipeggers who live in one of the City’s older neighbourhoods or who plan on moving to the City within the next few years should understand what this means to them. What’s more, if you live in Winnipeg, you can have your say and influence the strategy. We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though, so let’s start by explaining exactly what residenti...
Blue Bombers
Our own Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a great team with a bright future and the fans show their support each and every game! New players are always welcomed on the team. Bombers management is constantly in search of new talents to show great performance and result for the team. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be without Matt Nichols for the remainder of the season. Nichols has been out of the Bombers’ lineup since suffering a shoulder injury after being sacked b...
Winnipeg is getting more and more popular tourist and business destination for international travelers as well as domestic visitors. This will definitely have a positive effect on the city`s business and infrastructure growth and will bring more jobs, more opportunities for Winnipeggers in the years to come. But also, there is time to relax and enjoy your day off, if you like shows and concerts, this is definitely for you! Celine Dion has announced additio...
Most of the road accidents could be avoided by simply following the rules and driving regulations. Speed limits zones are very important, for instance, school zone or construction sites, where speeding fines are nearly doubled. Springfield is closed in both directions at Rothesay Street. The Winnipeg Police Service says that Springfield Road will remain closed this afternoon due to a serious collision. There are not many details available at this time. One...
Job Fair
The summer is over, this means that students are back in class and their daytime positions will be opening. That means more job opening in the retail business. St. Vital Shopping Centre will be expediting the hiring process by offering a Retail Job Fair on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Centre Court. You’ll be able to meet with employers and look for a new career. Youth Employment Services will also be on-site to assist applicants an...