News has emerged that Vince Li spent nearly an hour chatting up the Tim McLean’s co-worker during their ride through western Manitoba, the Winnipeg.
Li sat in the front of the bus next to a woman known only as Stacy. They were seen chatting and smoking together on a rest stop.
When the bus trip resumed, Li suddenly moved to the back of the bus and sat beside McLean, who was listening to his headphones and apparently asleep.
McLean's family and friends don't believe Li's change-of-seating was a coincidence. And they question why he was charged with second-degree murder and not first-degree murder, which indicates planning and premeditation.
"I have this unbelievably strong feeling that him sitting beside Stacy had something to do with this," McLean's former girlfriend, Alexandra Storey.
McLean’s family wants to talk to Stacey, but have no knowledge of her last name.
Storey received a series of text message from McLean mentioning that some people were doing ecstasy on the bus.
Medical experts say ecstasy and a pre-existing mental condition could trigger a violent episode.