June 02, 2014 - 2:39 PM
PRINCE GEORGE - The prosecution in a Prince George murder trial claims that DNA taken from objects and clothing found in Cody Legebokoff's vehicle and apartments has been matched to each of the four alleged victims.
The young Fort St. John man is accused of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35-year-old Jill Stuchenko, 35-year-old Cynthia Maas, 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery and 15-year-old Loren Leslie.
Crown counsel Joseph Temple told the opening day of Legebokoff's trial that three of alleged victims were found between 2009 and 2010 with severe injuries, while DNA evidence links Legebokoff to Montgomery, whose body has not been found.
The court heard that Legebokoff was arrested in November 2010, after he was pulled over near a remote logging road and police and a conservation officer later found Leslie's severely beaten body.
Temple told the court Legebokoff initially denied ever knowing Leslie, then later said he met her online but that she injured herself.
The jury trial is expected to last several months.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014