Legebokoff jury hears interview tapes

An interview Cody Allan Legebokoff gave police following his arrest in late November 2010 was aired at the Prince George courthouse where the trial for the young man accused of murdering a teenage girl and three women continued Monday.

The case against Legebokoff began Nov. 27, 2010 when a Fort St. James RCMP officer on his way south along Highway 27 to meet up with a colleague saw him enter the highway from an off road without stopping and continuing at a high speed.

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When the officer noticed blood on Legebokoff and in his pickup truck and was told he had poached a deer, a conservation officer was called in to trace his route. When the conservation officer found the body of Loren Donn Leslie, 15, near a gravel pit alongside the off road, Legebokoff was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.

The next day, Legebokoff gave what turned out to be the first of five interviews over which he changed his story, Crown prosecution is alleging, first saying he stumbled across a body, got scared and took off but, in later interviews admitting he knew Leslie but claimed she had tried to kill herself and that he hit her with a pipe wrench to put her out of her misery.

The sound quality from the first interview, conducted at the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment was muddy although the jury was given a written transcript to help guide them along.

Much of the interview consisted of Const. Greg Yanicki engaging in small talk with Legebokoff about fishing, hockey, his job and his girlfriend.

When Yanicki got to the main topic, telling Legebokoff it looked suspicious seeing someone running away from the site where Leslie's body was found, Legebokoff said he got scared.

Asked about the blood found on him, Legebokoff said he touched Leslie and got blood on his shoes.

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