Friends detail last hours of yoga teacher's life at Butcher murder trial
Friends of Montreal-born yoga instructor Kristin Johnston say she was happy and "glowing" in the hours before she was allegedly killed by her boyfriend inside her home on Halifax's outskirts.
Lisa Abramowicz, a childhood friend of Johnston, told Nicholas Butcher's second-degree murder trial Friday that she met up with Johnston at Halifax's Lion and Bright bar on the evening of March 25, 2016, hours before she was found dead.
Abramowicz says Johnston talked about wanting to end her relationship with Butcher, and about having one last summer in Halifax before moving to Tofino, B.C., to be closer to her sister.
She says the pair left the bar and went to her place nearby before going to another friend's home, where the three listened to records and talked about life over a drink.
Abramowicz says Johnston seemed "very happy, very bubbly."
The Crown alleges Butcher, a 35-year-old graduate of Dalhousie University's law school, killed Johnston and tried to kill himself inside her home in Purcells Cove on March 26, 2016.