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WIENS TRIAL: No fingerprints found on murder weapon

June 04, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Two weapons were found at the blood splattered crime scene where the body of Lynn Kalmring was found lifeless on August 16, 2011. One was a nine millimeter handgun sitting on the bed she shared with partner Keith Wiens and the other a 12 inch (27 cm) kitchen knife loosely gripped in her left hand.

No fingerprints were found on either of those weapons.

But the crime scene being described by forensic and police officers testifying in the jury trial for Keith Gregory Wiens point to a violent act. Wiens is standing trial for second degree murder in the shooting death of his common law partner Lynn Kalmring.

Cpl. France Burke was the officer responsible for swabbing the weapons. She found a number of bloodstains on the blade and handle of the knife, but no fingerprints were detected. A large kitchen knife with an orange wooden handle, weighing a third of a pound, was displayed for the jury today.

Defence lawyer Chris Evans emphasized the sharpness of the pointed blade when cross examining forensic officer Warren Kraft.

“You agree with me that's a big knife?” Evans asked, and the officer said yes.

Cpl. Burke also tested the gun but found no trace of blood or fingerprints. Nor was there any trace of blood in the sinks and showers of the Penticton home.

A damp beige hand towel was found at the foot of the bed near the gun and was seized as evidence by Const. Darren Durnin.

“It was moist at the time it was seized,” he said, but not sopping wet.

Durnin also collected a red Bic lighter lying on top of a lavender robe “with blood soaked into it” at the foot of the bed. There was also an open package of Peter Jackson cigarettes lying on the bed. 

He also noted other items of interest in the bedroom that night.

On the night stand there was a blue travel mug containing a clear liquid, as well as a bottle of lubricant and a battery operated dildo. A pair of men's Wrangler jean shorts were found laying on top a bullet casing and were taken for analysis.

Durnin said he also discovered a crawl space in the laundry room of the residence, concealed by a floor mat. Inside was a gun locker and nylon bag, containing firearms registered to Wiens.

Police witnesses will continue to testify this afternoon. A bloodstain pattern analyst, toxicologist and firearms expert are also expected to testify.

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

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