One of two teens accused of killing schoolmate Serena McKay on a Manitoba First Nation in April has pleaded guilty to murder, eight months after videos surfaced showing the girl being beaten the night she was killed.
McKay was a Grade 12 student about to graduate from Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School in Sagkeeng First Nation, 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, when her body was found outside a residence there in April. She was 19 years old.
Two of her peers from the school, aged 16 and 17, were charged with second-degree murder a few days later. Around the same time, a pair of videos showing McKay being attacked circulated on social media before being removed.
The 17-year-old, who has since turned 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday, Dec. 22, in a Winnipeg courtroom. She cannot be named because she was a minor at the time of McKay’s death.
Presiding Judge R.L. Pollack accepted the plea after hearing an agreed-upon statement of facts read aloud by Crown attorney Joel Myskiw.
The facts shed light on details of McKay’s death, including, as court heard, that she likely died of hypothermia. A pathologist found she was possibly unable to seek protection from the cold because of her injuries and the amount of alcohol in her system.
Videos show fight outside party
Court heard McKay and the two accused were together at a house party on the night of Saturday, April 22, along with four other teens. The group included the boyfriend of the woman who pleaded guilty.
McKay argued with the younger of the two accused — who also cannot be named — over alcohol, court heard. The teen who pleaded guilty tried to calm down McKay in the bathroom, Msykiw said, “as she did not want a fight to break out.”
“It is not disputed that the deceased was being aggressive throughout the evening,” he said.
At some point that night, McKay was kicked out of the party. A fight did break out between McKay and the younger of the…