Sask. court hears of alleged murder plot thwarted by wife’s mistrust
The murder conspiracy trial involving the father of Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey began Tuesday. Curtis Vey and Angela Nicholson each face two charges of conspiracy to commit murder connected to their alleged plans to kill their spouses.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Vey is from the Wakaw, Sask. area and Nicholson lives in Melfort, Sask.
In her opening statement, Crown prosecutor Lori O’Connor told a 14-person jury that Brigette Vey suspected her husband was cheating on her. In July 2013, she planted an iPod under a kitchen table to record his conversations.
In that recording, she learned that her suspicions were correct, but also found out about the alleged plot, O’Connor said.
In a previous interview with Global News, Jim Taylor, Nicholson’s husband said police shared details of the plan. Taylor would die of a drug overdose while Brigette Vey would die in a house fire, Taylor said.
The Crown’s first witness, RCMP Cpl. Dereck Wierzbicki, said he learned of the alleged plan on July 3, 2013. Three days later, the pair was arrested and placed in cells with undercover officers, Wierzbicki said.
Police also seized electronics for other evidence of a potential plot. While sifting through phone and computer records, Wierzbicki said investigators found nothing to discern whether the plot was fact or fiction.
Vey’s defence lawyer Aaron Fox questioned why Wierzbicki asked investigators to search for evidence that would remove any potential defence that the pair was simply fantasizing or having a hypothetical conversation.
Wierzbicki told court he didn’t want the unit to fabricate evidence, but wanted to be able to “corroborate” and “solidify” the charge.
In order to prove conspiracy to commit murder, the Crown must show there was an agreement between Nicholson and Vey and that there was intent to follow through with it.
The trial is expected to last nine days and hear from 11 Crown witnesses. Brigette Vey is scheduled to testify Wednesday.
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