Judge to ad­dress mur­der trial jury Fri­day

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There is no doubt that Tyler Wil­liam Robert Hurd blud­geoned Cyn­thia Cramp­ton to death with a ham­mer and tried to as­phyx­i­ate her. The con­tentious is­sue at his trial is whether it was se­cond-de­gree or first-de­gree mur­der, a Saska­toon jury heard.

The Crown and de­fence made their clos­ing ar­gu­ments on Thurs­day at Hurd’s first­de­gree mur­der trial in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Hurd con­fessed to killing Cramp­ton in her bath­room on June 1, 2016, metic­u­lously de­tail­ing the half-hour or­deal to sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers.

Hurd met Cramp­ton through his girl­friend, Tammy Pof­fley. Cramp­ton let the cou­ple stay with her when they were home­less. After her death, Hurd told po­lice he mur­dered her be­cause she got Pof­fley hooked on painkillers and tried ma­nip­u­lat­ing him into hav­ing sex with her.

Crown prosecutor Sh­eryl Fillo said Hurd be­lieved Cramp­ton de­served to die, de­spite ev­ery­thing she had done for him.

That the killing was planned and de­lib­er­ate — a nec­es­sary re­quire­ment for first-de­gree mur­der — was demon­strated by the things Hurd did and said in the days lead­ing up to it, Fillo ar­gued, out­lin­ing the fol­low­ing ev­i­dence:

A day and a half be­fore her ■ death, Hurd wrote about killing Cramp­ton on a board that was later found in her home.

He told po­lice he con­sid­ered ■ smash­ing a glass over her head while they were in a Home De­pot park­ing lot, but de­cided it would be better to wait un­til she got paid a few hours later.

Dur­ing his con­fes­sion, Hurd ■ called the killing “full-blooded pre-med­i­tated mur­der.”

He talked about de­cid­ing to ■ kill Cramp­ton in her bath­room be­cause it would be eas­ier to con­tain the ev­i­dence.

Fillo said Hurd had sev­eral chances to stop while Cramp­ton begged for her life dur­ing the bru­tal, pro­longed at­tack.

“He knew ex­actly what he was do­ing and kept go­ing un­til he was ab­so­lutely sure she was dead,” Fillo told the jury.

Hurd also said he wasn’t us­ing any drugs when he de­cided to kill Cramp­ton, and when he ex­e­cuted the plan, Fillo noted.

De­fence lawyer Mor­ris Bod­nar said his client had al­ready lost ev­ery­thing be­fore meet­ing the love of his life, Pof­fley. Hurd was ter­ri­fied about los­ing her, too, he said.

Bod­nar ad­mit­ted that Hurd in­tended to kill Cramp­ton and is there­fore guilty of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der.

How­ever, he ar­gued his client lacked the plan­ning nec­es­sary for first-de­gree mur­der.

Bod­nar ques­tioned why some­one who had planned a mur­der would not only re­main in Saska­toon after the killing, but spend two nights in Cramp­ton’s base­ment suite with her body in the bath­room.

Hurd told po­lice he “snapped” be­fore killing Cramp­ton.

That’s the op­po­site of planned, pre­med­i­tated mur­der, Bod­nar told the jury.

He ar­gued that when Hurd ripped a towel bar off the wall and tore a leather strap off Cramp­ton’s purse in or­der to stran­gle her, those de­ci­sions were made in the mo­ment.

“He knew what he had done, but he had no other con­cept of plan­ning or de­lib­er­a­tion,” Bod­nar said.

Jus­tice Neil Gabriel­son is ex­pected to give in­struc­tions to the jury to­day.

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