Defence wraps up arguments in Monica Jack murder trial

By The Canadian Press
January 9, 2019 - 7:08am

VANCOUVER —   The defence has wrapped up final arguments at the trial of a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl near Merritt more than 40 years ago.

    Patrick Angly urged jurors to reject what he says was a false confession made by Garry Handlen to an undercover R-C-M-P officer during a so-called Mr. Big operation.

    But he told a B-C Supreme Court jury that if they believe the confession was real, they should conclude that Handlen snapped and didn't mean to kill Monica Jack in 1978.

    Angly says that would lead to a guilty verdict for manslaughter -- instead of the charge of first degree murder that Handlen is facing.

  (The Canadian Press)

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