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Bacon murder trial: Accused killer rented vehicle in Surrey days before shooting

One of the men accused of killing Jonathan Bacon in a daytime gang shooting outside a Kelowna hotel rented a car in Surrey 10 days before the incident, the court heard Thursday.

Car rental documents from Dollar Thrifty Automotive, now merged with Thrifty Car Rental, showed Jujhar Khun-Khun rented a 2011 Jeep Cherokee on Aug. 4, 2011.

Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Khun-Khun were arrested in 2013 and charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Bacon, along with the attempted murder of four others.

They have pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Shooting suspect Jujhar Khun-Khun.

Khun-Khun rented the vehicle in Surrey from employee Munnaza Sheikh, she told the court.

When asked if she recognized Khun-Khun’s name, she said yes, he was a frequent renter from Dollar Thrifty Automotive.

In the time she worked there, from 2010 to 2015, Sheikh said she dealt with Khun-Khun six or seven times over a few years.

“He was a nice person,” she said in court.

The length of his car rentals varied from days to weeks to months, said Sheikh.

According to the Aug. 4 car rental agreement form, Khun-Khun declined the prepaid gas option and declined additional coverage offered by the rental company.

For her part, Sheikh declined to conduct a driver’s licence verification, which is done for first-time renters or renters who have not rented a vehicle from that company for a few months, she said.

The verification is done by entering driver’s licence information into a computer system to check if the licence is valid or has been suspended.

However, Sheikh said she would have verified that the name on the driver’s licence matched the name on the credit card used for preauthorization.

The rental vehicle was originally scheduled to be returned on Aug. 11, 2011, but it was returned to the Surrey location on Aug. 17, 2011, three days after the shooting.

When the vehicle was returned, it was noted the distance driven was 3,126 kilometres.

The total cost of the rental was $1,040.50, which was paid in cash.

Previously in the trial, video footage of a Jeep Cherokee driving around Kelowna the morning of the shooting was played in court.

The trial continues.