Judge rules Hales’ confession to police will be allowed as evidence
Watch the video above: Judge in Douglas Hales’ trial allows key piece of information into evidence
SASKATOON- The Douglas Hales murder trial has been put on pause.
Accused of killing 25-year-old old Daleen Bosse more than a decade ago, Hales is charged with first-degree murder and offering an indignity to human remains.
The trial will now resume on June 23 after defence said it would need a block of three days to complete its case.
“What’s a few more weeks after waiting 10 years,” said Pauline Muskego, Bosse’s mother.
On Thursday, a decision would be delivered following arguments over a Saskatoon Police Service interrogation video taken after Hales was arrested on August 10, 2008.
Justice Allbright ruled that the interview will be considered evidence going forward.
“Crown proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hales’ in-custody statements to police were voluntary,” said Allbright.
Allbright called the interview “very skillful”, low-key and not confrontational in nature.
During the three-and-a-half hour police interrogation Hales’ said Bosse died from alcohol poisoning after he supplied her with liquor on May 18, 2004. He would later tell officers during the interview that he strangled her in the heat of the moment.
On Wednesday, defence argued that during the interview when police revealed the RCMP “Mr. Big” sting, Hales was crushed psychologically and was a “broken man” during the interrogation.
“There is no doubt during the process Hales was incredibly shocked,” said Allbright on Thursday regarding the accused finding out about the sting.
“Hales’ life for the past three months was shattered in front of him.”
Allbright said he did feel though that Hales was a man with an operating mind during the interrogation and said “in my mind there was no threats or promises made and no oppression.”
Court also heard arguments regarding defence witness, Dr. Marc Patry, a behavioral psychologist who would provide insight on “Mr. Big” sting techniques. The judge ruled against his testimony saying it was unnecessary.