Travis Vader was found guilty of second-degree murder Thursday in the deaths of Alberta couple Lyle and Marie McCann. The St. Albert couple disappeared without a trace more than six years ago while on a road trip to British Columbia.
Judge Denny Thomas’ verdict was livestreamed online and broadcast on television from an Edmonton court room, a first in Alberta’s history.
Watch below: It was a first for Alberta. On Thursday, Justice Denny Thomas’ verdict in the Travis Vader double-murder trial was broadcast live. Gord Steinke spoke with Allan Wachowich about it after. Wachowich is the retired chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.
The Crown had argued that Vader, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, was a crystal meth addict living in a makeshift camp when he came across the McCanns and killed them during a robbery.
Thomas read from a summary of his 131-page ruling, in which he accepted much of the evidence presented by the Crown. However, he said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Vader killed the elderly couple “in a planned and deliberate manner.”
“The killing of the McCanns was not a first-degree murder,” Thomas said. “It is therefore a second-degree murder.”
Watch the full verdict above.