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WIENS TRIAL: Murder scene leaves paper trail for investigators

June 04, 2013 - 7:44 PM

Grocery receipts, household bills and a three-page letter were found in the kitchen of the Wiens' residence the night Lynn Kalmring was killed in the bedroom of her Penticton home.

On the fourth day of the jury trial for Keith Gregory Wiens, the Crown led more evidence about the couple's finances, Shelley Pertelson testified her sister phoned minutes before her death in tears over a fight she was having with Wiens. Kalmring said Wiens cared more about money than he did love and that he was pressuring her to get a job.

A pile of financial documents and $2,005 in US bills found sitting in plain sight on the island of the otherwise spotless kitchen were shown to the court today. These are the same items Kalmring had told her sister she had thrown at her husband during a fight they were having the night before.

Const. Darren Durnin testified at the Kelowna Supreme Court today to present more evidence in the investigation.

This included a solitaire diamond ring with a gold band sitting on top of a stack of American currency, the amount labelled by a yellow post-it note.   

Durnin also found a stack of documents.

“It's what I call a monetary correspondence... a tally of expenses,” he said. The word “paid” was written on an envelope sitting beside the documents. A receipt from Safeway was among various bills indicating the month's expenses, Durnin said. 

Members of the jury were also shown copies of a three-page handwritten letter addressed to Kalmring. Police found the letter inside a rolling desk in the couple's kitchen.

Crown lawyer Colin Forsyth asked the letter be read out loud for the public record but Justice Geoff Barrow would not permit it.

Defence Lawyer Ian McKay suggested reading the letter aloud would sensationalize the content.

“I think the letter speaks for itself,” he told the court.

Whether alcohol fuelled the financial dispute is still to be determined. Two separate travel mugs found in the house were said to contain a clear liquid.

“We seized a coffee mug... the contents appeared to be clear,” Durnin said of a mug found on the floor of the spare bedroom. An opened bottle of vodka was on the kitchen counter with a glass beside it. However police didn't test any of the contents during their investigation. One officer said he smelled alcohol on Wiens when handcuffing him.

Blood and urine samples were taken from Kalmring during an autopsy two days after her death. The blood samples were taken from stains near her phemoral vessel and a sample of vitreous fluid was taken from her eye.

Const. Durnin was present for the autopsy and collected Kalmring's blood-soaked clothing. A black jacket with white stripes and a brown and white coloured nightie “blood-soaked as well” were sent for lab analysis, Durnin said.

The doctor who performed the autopsy will testify in court tomorrow.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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