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MOnica Jack

(Closing arguements continue today in the murder trial of Garry Handlen accused of killing 12-year-old Monica Jack (pictured) in 1978.)

 

Closing arguments will continue today in B.C. Supreme Court in the murder trial of Garry Handlen who is accused of killing 12-year-old Monica Jack near Merritt back in 1978.

Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge despite confessing to a police officer who posed as a crime boss in 2014 that he grabbed Monica Jack while she was riding her bike near Merritt.

Jack was last scene on May 6th, 1978 when she riding her bike along Hwy 5A. Her bike was found later by police however Jack's body was not discovered for another 17 years.

Yesterday, Crown lawyer Gordon Matei said Handlen was not a "yes man" who would have admitted to a "horrible crime" that he didn't commit.

Matei also stated that the police officer posing as the crime boss during the videotaped confession did not coerce him to admit that he abducted, sexually abused and murdered Jack.

 

more to come

 

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