Fa­ther of sus­pected B.C. killer seeks ac­cess to son’s video mes­sage

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World -

VAN­COU­VER — The fa­ther of a sus­pected killer at the cen­tre of a na­tion­wide man­hunt is try­ing to ac­cess a video de­scribed as his son’s “last will and tes­ta­ment,” the man’s lawyer said Sun­day.

Alan Sch­megel­sky be­came aware of the video ear­lier this month when his son, Bryer Sch­megel­sky, 18, was found dead of a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound with 19-year-old Kam McLeod in the wilder­ness of north­ern Man­i­toba, his lawyer Sarah Lea­mon said.

The duo had been sus­pected of killing a young tourist cou­ple — Amer­i­can Chynna Deese and Aus­tralian Lu­cas Fowler — and botany lec­turer Leonard Dyck in north­ern Bri­tish Columbia last month, spark­ing a search for the two fugitives.

Lea­mon said the video was taken be­fore the younger Sch­megel­sky’s death, and de­tails his last wishes.

“My client ob­vi­ously wants to seek some clo­sure in these very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and he feels that this video will give him the clo­sure he is look­ing for,” Lea­mon said, adding that she has been in con­tact with the RCMP try­ing to gain ac­cess to the video.

The video is about what Bryer Sch­megel­sky wanted to be done with his body af­ter he died, ac­cord­ing to an email ex­change be­tween the RCMP and Lea­mon ob­tained by The Cana­dian Press.

In the email, an RCMP of­fi­cer writes that in­for­ma­tion about Bryer’s wishes was passed on to his mother, who is next of kin.

“At this time we will not be pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the video for Alan,” the of­fi­cer wrote in the email. The mes­sage doesn’t say why, but Lea­mon said the RCMP told her it’s be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

The RCMP didn’t re­spond to mul­ti­ple re­quests for com­ment on Sun­day.

Lea­mon said she doesn’t know how the email be­came pub­lic, but she ver­i­fied its con­tents.

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