Closing Arguments Conclude Case of Foothills Bylaw Officers’ Murder

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A judge has reserved the decision against a man accused of killing peace officer, Rod Lazenby, but the victim’s family is certain there is no outcome that can ease their grief. Addressed media outside the court on Wednesday, Lazenby’s sister, Robyn Halbert, alleged that “the trial has answered some of our questions and given us more questions. We continue to hope that justice will be served, but we all know it will not relieve our pain.”

49-year-old Trevor Kloschinsky admitted to have killed Lazenby on Aug. 10, 2012. At the time, Municipal District of Foothills officer had arrived at the suspect’s rented property near Priddis in response to a complaint about an illegal kennel. Although Kloschinsky has confessed to the crime, the court has yet to decide if Kloschinsky is guilty of first-degree murder or he should not be found criminally responsible due to a mental disorder at the time of the killing. Defense lawyer, Maggie O’Shaughnessy, argued that Kloschinsky was not criminally responsible, whereas Crown prosecutor, Jim Sawa, opposed the defence’s claim. In order to find someone not criminally responsible, the Criminal Code says they must be suffering from a mental disorder “that rendered the person incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of the act or omission or of knowing that it was wrong.”

During the closing arguments before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes on Wednesday, O’Shaughnessy alleged that Kloschinsky meets both those legal tests. She alleged that “the defence is not seeking an acquittal in a trial situation,” adding that “(Kloschinsky) is clearly still unwell.”

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