Police tactics questioned at Hales murder trial
SASKATOON – The tactics of police during their questioning of Douglas Hales came under fire during cross-examination on Wednesday at his murder trial.
Hales is accused of killing Daleen Bosse, 25, and offering an indignity to a human body.
The two officers who interrogated Hales after he was arrested on Aug. 25, 2008 were left to defend the so-called “Reid Technique” they used while interviewing Hales, much of which the defense said was confrontational.
Hales’ lawyer also criticized the veteran officers for not having an audio recording of his client during a bathroom break and using facts unproven during the interrogation.
The officers testified Hales was their only suspect in the case and they spoke of their involvement behind the scenes in the sting operation.
In an interviewed played in court earlier this week, Hales stated to the officers he choked Bosse out of anger after she laughed at him when he couldn’t perform sexually.
He had earlier told officers he believed Bosse had died from alcohol poisoning.
Bosse was last seen the night of May 18, 2004. Her body was found in a wooded area north of Saskatoon in August 2008.
Hales was arrested a short time later and charged with first-degree murder.
– With files from The Canadian Press