Accused says his dead sister was texting him
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.