Red Deer man says dead sis­ter texted him

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - TROY GILLARD The Cana­dian Press

RED DEER, Alta. — A cen­tral Al­berta man ac­cused of killing his fam­ily told an aunt his dead sis­ter was com­mu­ni­cat­ing with him about how she and her par­ents died.

Ja­son Klaus and Joshua Frank are each charged with three counts of first-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of Gor­don, San­dra and Mon­ica Klaus four years ago.

Klaus’s aunt, Wendy Berry, tes­ti­fied at his trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench that he told her his sis­ter’s spirit was send­ing him elec­tronic mes­sages with de­tails about the fam­ily’s mur­der.

Court has al­ready been told that their farm­house near Cas­tor, Alta., was en­gulfed in flames by the time fire crews ar­rived on De­cem­ber 8, 2013.

The trial has also heard that Klaus told po­lice that Frank shot the vic­tims and set the house on fire.

Berry tes­ti­fied that Klaus out­lined to her at a fam­ily Christ­mas gather­ing that year what his sis­ter had told him from be­yond the grave, but he made no men­tion of the killer’s name.

“He pro­ceeded to say he was hear­ing from Mon­ica through some sort of elec­tronic de­vice,” Berry tes­ti­fied Tues­day.

Her nephew told her he didn’t take his sis­ter’s mes­sages to po­lice be­cause she al­ways deleted them, Berry said.

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