June 28, 2013 - 8:06 AM
"DO WHAT U NEED TO DO—BUT PLEASE DON'T THREATEN ME"
While the second-degree murder trial of Keith Gregory Wiens doesn't resume until July 8, one piece of the puzzle being considered by jurors was made available to the public yesterday.
A three-page letter, apparently written by Wiens and addressed Lynn Kalmring, his common-law wife, was given to the jury early in the trial. The letter was made available to the public through a media access application by Infotel News, granted by B.C. Supreme Court justive Geoff Barrow. It shows the couple was arguing about money at least eight months before Kalmring was found shot in the face in the couple's shared Penticton home in the Sandbridge gated community in August, 2011.
Dated Jan. 1, 2011 at 12:20 a.m., the letter is addressed to "Lynn" and signed "K".
Written in black pen, Wiens begins: "I don't take kindly to be told "f--- you"… however that's alright. I can accept it!! One of my 2011 goals is for financial success for both of us, However I can no longer do it alone, on the Arizona house, I am sorry to say."
The letter also contains pencil markings, likely written by Kalmring. Pencil marks struck out the words "both of us" to substitute the word "me."
When it was entered into evidence, Barrow declined to allow a police officer to read it aloud to avoid editorializing for the jury, thereby making it inaccessible to the public.
In the letter, Wiens breaks down expenses on a summer home in Arizona, suggesting Kalmring pay for half the expenses or $291 per month.
"So… seeing it is in both our names, I am going to suggest we sell it,…. giving you a very nice profit for doing f--- all. (financially speaking). Failing that, I will have to start getting half of all expenses from you."
"If you can't do this then we will sell it… period!!"
Again, the word period was circled in pencil with the words "Do what U need to do-- BUT please don't threaten me" inserted.
Again in pen: "I think love (crossed out in pencil) is a great thing, however starting January, 2011 it will be a two way street regarding financial matters, and I will get into Canadian property starting February 2011, once again to make love (crossed out in pencil) a 2 way street.
"You want to stay together, get married, (crossed out in pencil with the words "Not anymore" inserted) etc etc, great, but we each start paying our way… as of today Jan. 01, 2011. Love you, K"
On another page, Wiens writes "I will split the TV, heat, elec with you" and again in pencil: "Don't bother."
Several witnesses said both Kalmring and Wiens spoke to them about financial disputes between the couple. Eight months later, when police combed through the crime scene of their home, they found a pile of financial documents and $2,005 in US bills found sitting in plain sight on the island.
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News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2013