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Defence case next in Roy Fraser double murder trial

December 05, 2013 - 3:05 PM

KAMLOOPS - The jury has been given a long weekend away from Roy Fraser's double murder trial and isn't expected to sit again until next week after the completion of the Crown's case Tuesday.

Roy Frederick Fraser is charged with murdering two Kamloops men. He faces one charge of first degree murder for the death of Damien Marks, 31, and one second degree murder charge for the death of Kenneth Yaretz Jr., 24, after they went missing more than four years ago. Fraser was charged after the two missing men were found shot to death and buried at Knouff Lake.

The jury has heard the victims were friends and roommates, and that Yaretz Jr. also lived with Fraser at his rental property in Knouff Lake for some time. He borrowed Fraser's truck and didn't return it to him, eventually prompting him to report it missing to police, the jury has heard.

The jury has also heard Fraser's truck was sold to family members of top gang members from the Kelowna gang, the Kingpin crew, who Yaretz Jr. is said to have owed money to.

Yaretz Jr. was also reportedly tied to the Independent Soldiers gang and then-leader Jayme Russell. The Crown has suggested Fraser was angry at Yaretz Jr. about his truck. However, in a statement to police played before the jury, Fraser said during the investigation that he knew nothing about their whereabouts.

The defence team, consisting of father-son duo Alexander and Jordan Watt, is expected to begin its case on Monday, and the trial is expected to continue midway through the month.

CATCH UP ON THE TRIAL:

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To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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