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Accused murderer Borutski acted out of revenge in killing 3 friends: Crown

Basil Borutski leaves in a police vehicle after appearing at the courthouse in Pembroke, Ont. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Borutski has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the separate slayings of three women whose deaths sparked a lockdown and manhunt in an ordinarily peaceful area of eastern Ontario on Tuesday.
Basil Borutski leaves in a police vehicle after appearing at the courthouse in Pembroke, Ont. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Borutski has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the separate slayings of three women whose deaths sparked a lockdown and manhunt in an ordinarily peaceful area of eastern Ontario on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – Crown attorney Jeffery Richardson says jurors ought to have no reasonable doubts that Basil Borutski killed three former friends in a carefully executed plan to exact revenge.

The sixty-year-old Borutski is on trial for first-degree murder in the September 2015 deaths of Carol Culleton, 66, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and Nathalie Warmerdam, 48.

Richardson delivered his closing statement to the jury this morning, telling them the case he laid out proves Borutski planned to kill all three women in a twisted belief they deserved to die because he felt they had lied about him to police and their friends.

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In a videotaped confession, portions of which Richardson replayed for the jury today, Borutski rambles on for many hours about corrupt police who were out to get him, and that Kuzyk and Warmerdam falsely accused him of threats and assault which landed him in jail.

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Richardson also took jurors back through events in the days leading up to the murders, including phone calls and text messages he says are proof Borutski was criminally harassing Culleton in the weeks before he killed her and that she was afraid of him.

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Only 11 jurors will decide Bortuski’s fate after one was discharged this morning because Justice Robert Maranger said she was dealing with an emergency.

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