June 06, 2013 - 3:00 PM
Just a couple weeks before Lynn Kalmring was murdered in her Penticton home she went on a picnic at Okanagan Falls with her daughter's family. Her daughter Brandy Cummings says during that picnic her mom seemed more quiet than usual.
Kalmring had just gotten back from a month long vacation with Wiens at their Arizona property but seemed tired and worn out, Cummings said today in Kelowna Supreme Court on the fifth day of the jury trial for Keith Gregory Wiens.
During a private conversation at the picnic she says her mom told her Wiens was “being an asshole” and that “maybe they were spending too much time... together.”
At another moment during the picnic when her mother was down on the beach, Wiens made a number of comments to Cummings.
“He told me that my mom better get her ass back to work... that she had better start pulling her weight,” she told the court.
Wiens had told her he had his pension from the RCMP to fall back on, but, “she doesn't have a pot to piss in.”
At another point during the evening barbeque Wiens complained of losing some of his investments.
“He had told us he lost a large amount of money in the stock market crash,” Cummings said and his tone of voice had been, “disappointed, upset and angry.”
Cummings didn't tell her mother about the comments Wiens made behind her back until a week later, when out together for lunch. She said her mom complained Wiens was “still being pissy.”
“I told her exactly what he said... she stiffened in her chair a little bit.”
Cummings also told the court her mother had been working as a licensed practical nurse for a senior's home at the time, but suffered from fibromyalgia.
When cross-examined by defence lawyer Chris Evans, Cummings was asked to read her statement given to police August 17, 2011 the day after her mother was murdered. Evans said the part of her statement describing the picnic differed from her testimony in court today. He suggested her statement to the police would have been closer to the time of the picnic.
“It was the day after my mother died, I was probably a bit shaken,” she said.
Crown lawyer Colin Forsyth asked Cummings to look at photos taken of a brown wooden box found lying on the bedroom floor where Kalmring's body was found on August 16, 2011. The witness struggled to hold back her tears when describing the contents of the box. Among the personal items and trinkets Kalmring collected over the years Cummings recognized one in particular.
“That doll I've had since I was a little kid... I've had it since I was in kindergarten.”
Forsyth asked Cummings if she remembered where her mother kept the box, but she couldn't recall.
Kalmring's son-in-law—Cummings' husband—will testify later today as well as other civilian witnesses known to the victim.
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