Ac­cused says his dead sis­ter was tex­ting him

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Edmonton -

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’ 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 Dec. 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.

Klaus also told her that the gun­man shot the fam­ily dog be­fore en­ter­ing the house.

Christo­pher Kerr, a civil­ian RCMP foren­sics ex­pert, told court he was able to con­firm that the bul­let which killed the Klaus’ dog was fired from the same 9-mm hand­gun re­cov­ered from the Bat­tle River.

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