The confession of a man accused of killing a central Alberta couple and their daughter cannot be used as evidence at his trial because RCMP denied him a bathroom break.
Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus are charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the December 2013 deaths of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus. The charred remains of the father and the daughter were found inside the family’s farm home near Castor. The mother’s remains were never found but police have said they believe she was inside her family’s farmhouse at the time of the fire.
Frank told investigators that in the month following the deaths, Jason Klaus paid him between $3,500 and $4,000 for carrying out the murders and for keeping his mouth shut about it.
However, his lawyer argued that her client’s confession was made under oppressive conditions because investigators denied him bathroom breaks. The judge agreed and ruled on Friday that the confession is not admissible.
Klaus’s statements were all admitted as evidence.