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Crown didn’t prove case against Travis Vader: defence

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WATCH ABOVE: Not even the lawyers expected the Travis Vader trial to take so long but now, the defence has wrapped up its final arguments in the Travis Vader murder trial. Kendra Slugoski has the latest.

EDMONTON – The lawyer for a man accused of killing Lyle and Marie McCann, burning their motor home and hiding their bodies says the case against his client is just speculation.

Brian Beresh told a court in Edmonton the Crown has failed to prove the most basic elements of its case against Travis Vader.

In his closing arguments, he says there’s no evidence the St. Albert couple was even murdered.

“There is an absence of fundamental evidence in this case,” he stressed.

Beresh says the Crown’s chain of circumstantial evidence is good enough for vigilantes, but not the courts.

READ MORE: Closing arguments underway in Travis Vader murder trial 

The McCanns disappeared on July 3, 2010.

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Their bodies have never been found.

READ MORE: ‘I plead not guilty to that charge’: Travis Vader at start of McCann murder trial 

Thursday was the second day scheduled for closing arguments in the trial.

Justice Denny Thomas said he will plan to have a verdict ready for Sept. 15.

 

 

With files from Global News