December 10, 2013 - 2:36 PM
KAMLOOPS - Someone came to his home, killed two men, hid the murder weapon, burned evidence and buried the bodies, all while he wasn't home, a man on trial for murder told a jury today.
Roy Frederick Fraser, 56, reiterated under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston what he told the jury yesterday: He did not kill Damien Marks, 31, or Kenneth Yaretz Jr., 24, both found shot to death and buried on his rental property in 2009.
Fraser said yesterday in his testimony that he went into partnership with Yaretz as a 'low-level' marijuana grower, seller and broker. Today, he told the Crown he pulled in $60,000 per crop, three times in one year.
He also said the hole where the victims bodies were found was dug beforehand to dispose of marijuana crop leftovers.
"You never noticed that it was filled in?" Livingston said.
"It never dawned on me," Fraser said.
"And you never noticed anything different in your front entrance way?" Livingston said, referring to traces of blood.
"No," Fraser said.
Fraser told the jury yesterday Yaretz was in a rush to return marijuana grow-op equipment to Kelowna gangsters the last time he saw him. However, Livingston suggested today Fraser was angry with Yaretz, prompting him to kill both Yaretz and Marks.
Livingston suggested Fraser was mad at the victim for borrowing and not returning his truck — leaving him stranded in the countryside at Knouff Lake, for cutting open his gate, kicking in his shed and using his home for free storage of marijuana grow-op equipment.
"You'd had enough," Livingston said. "You shot (Yaretz) five times."
"No," Fraser said.
Livingston then suggested Fraser killed Marks, the lone witness.
"You chased him down to disable him, and you finished him off with shots from the same rifle," Livingston said. "You needed to get rid of that witness."
He also suggested Fraser then tied the bodies with rope, moved them with a bobcat, buried them on his property and returned Marks' work van to the victims' rental property where they lived together on Brunner Avenue in Kamloops.
"You burned everything," Livingston said.
Fraser denied every suggestion by the Crown.
"I don't know how many times I have to tell you, I didn't kill these guys," Fraser said.
Defence team Alexander and Jordan Watt have closed the defence case. The Crown closed its case last week. Final submissions are expected by the defence and Crown tomorrow.
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