WATCH: The man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend couldn’t watch as his interrogation video was played in court today. Kendra Slugoski reports.
EDMONTON – Seven years after his ex-girlfriend was found dead in a burned-out car, the man accused of killing Shernell Pierre was unable to watch as his interrogation video was played in court.
Pierre was found shot to death in her car on March 12, 2008. The 26-year-old nurse had just finished her shift at the nearby Misercordia Hospital.
One night later, Edmonton Police questioned Pierre’s ex-boyfriend, Devon Hugh Saunders.
On Monday, Saunders was covered his eyes as the hour and 10 minute interrogation video was played in court.
Saunders maintains he didn’t shoot Pierre, or light her car on fire.
“Everybody is pointing fingers that it’s the ex-boyfriend, and I tell you time and time again Shernell is a nice girl. Like f–k, why would I hurt her?” he says in the video.
In the video, Saunders admits he was hurt when Pierre broke off their relationship in the video, but insists he did nothing criminal.
The 46-year-old claims he was at West Edmonton Mall at the time of the murder.
Surveillance video shows a man walking into the mall around 11:45 p.m., holding a piece of clothing. He then leaves the mall empty-handed.
Saunders wasn’t arrested until four years later in March 2012.
His lawyer argued that no DNA evidence has ever been found to link him to Pierre’s murder.
Saunders’ first-degree murder trial continues Tuesday.
With files from Kendra Slugoski