Drug buy from al­leged stalk­ing tar­get was con­tem­plated, ex-of­fi­cer tells court

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - KEVIN MARTIN KMartin@post­media.com Twit­ter: @KMart­inCourts

For­mer Cal­gary po­lice drug de­tec­tive Steve Wal­ton said he dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of at­tempt­ing a drug pur­chase from the woman he and oth­ers are ac­cused of stalk­ing.

But Wal­ton on Fri­day de­nied sug­ges­tions from a Crown wit­ness that the plan in­cluded fram­ing Akele Tay­lor by plant­ing drugs on her or her prop­erty.

Wal­ton, the fi­nal wit­ness in a three-week Court of Queen’s Bench jury trial, de­nied tes­ti­mony from a fired Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice mem­ber that he kept nar­cotics at his home. Wal­ton, who for years was a drug ex­pert for the CPS, said he kept a “placebo” kit of phoney nar­cotics, but didn’t pos­sess any ac­tual il­licit drugs.

“There was never any dis­cus­sion of plant­ing drugs,” Wal­ton told de­fence lawyer Alain Hep­ner.

“I don’t know where you’d get them; you’d have to pur­chase them,” he said.

Wal­ton, his wife Heather and wealthy Cal­gary busi­ness­man Ken Carter are each charged with crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment for al­legedly stalk­ing Tay­lor in 2012 and 2013.

The Wal­tons also face charges of bribery and im­proper stor­age of a firearm.

The in­ci­dents oc­curred while Carter and Tay­lor were em­broiled in a child cus­tody bat­tle over their daugh­ter.

Wal­ton tes­ti­fied he was hired to en­sure the girl’s safety and to gather in­for­ma­tion which might be used by Carter in the le­gal bat­tle.

“There was a time when we had dis­cussed per­haps pur­chas­ing drugs from her,” Wal­ton said. “If we could es­tab­lish she was a drug dis­trib­u­tor … that might not bode very well in a cus­tody pro­ceed­ing.”

Wal­ton was the only de­fence wit­ness called in the case, with Carter’s lawyer, Gavin Wolch, and Heather Wal­ton’s coun­sel, Kelsey Si­tar, in­di­cat­ing they wouldn’t be call­ing ev­i­dence.

Ju­rors will hear fi­nal ar­gu­ments in the case on Mon­day.

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