Closing arguments made in Douglas Hales murder trial
SASKATOON – The trial of Douglas Hales, accused of murdering Daleen Bosse and offering an indignity to a body, has wrapped up in Saskatoon.
The fate of Hales, 36, now rests in the hands of Justice Allbright.
Allbright will have to sift through five weeks of evidence and testimony to decide if Bosse died of alcohol poisoning as alleged by the defence or if her death was the result of Hales strangling her or placed in a fire pit without him knowing if she was dead or alive.
“Mr. Big stings are an extreme form of betrayal,” argued Hales’ lawyer Bob Hrycan during closing arguments.
“He told the interrogating officers what they wanted to hear, after it was made clear what they wanted to hear.”
Crown prosecutor Matthew Miazga rejected that argument in his summation.
“Hales didn’t hesitate to jump into the lifestyle that was slowly revealed to him,” stated Miazga.
“Bosse’s death was caused by the accused by strangling her or by putting her body in the fire pit not knowing if she was dead or alive.”
Hrycan argued there was reasonable doubt as to whether Hales killed Bosse and maintained she died of alcohol poisoning.
“It should not be easy to convict a man of murder,” he stated in asking the court to accept parts of the evidence and reject others.
“There were no other symptoms, she was not vomiting, she was not in a stupor, all of these things were the foundation of my argument that there was no alcohol poisoning,” said Miazga outside of court.
Allbright is expected to hand down his decision on Aug. 29.