Trial of alleged serial killer in B.C. focuses on mental state of young victim

A trial of an alleged serial killer in northern B.C. is focusing on the mental state of a 15-year-old girl who the Crown says was one of the victims.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A trial of an alleged serial killer in northern B.C. is focusing on the mental state of a 15-year-old girl who the Crown says was one of the victims.

Loren Leslie’s body was found off a remote logging road on Nov. 27, 2010, the same day Cody Legebokoff, now 24, was arrested.

The Crown says Legebokoff, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, later told police that it was Leslie who caused her own death, hitting herself with a pipe wrench and stabbing herself in the neck.

Her father, Doug Leslie, told Legebokoff’s trial that his daughter was a normal, happy kid, but he also says she was hospitalized for psychological issues, received medication, and had problems with anxiety.

But Legebokoff’s lawyer, Jim Heller, suggested Loren Leslie was bipolar, psychotic and suicidal, all of which Doug Leslie disputed.

The other alleged victims are 35-year-old Jill Stuchenko, 35-year-old Cynthia Maas and 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery.

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