May 21st, 2024

Video showing admitted serial killer with two of four victims played at trial

By The Canadian Press on May 13, 2024.

Jeremy Skibicki is shown in this undated handout photo, taken by police while in custody, provided by the Court of King's Bench. Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder for the 2022 killings of Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran and an unidentified woman Indigenous leaders have named Mashkode Bizhiki'ikwe, or Buffalo Woman. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Court of King's Bench *MANDATORY CREDIT*

WINNIPEG – Some of the last documented moments of two victims of an admitted serial killer have been played in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Video surveillance of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran have been shown at the murder trial of Jeremy Skibicki.

In one video, Skibicki is seen with Harris at a resource centre in the city, while in another video he is seen with Myran in the neighbourhood where he lived.

Skibicki has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder for the 2022 slayings of four women: Harris, Myran, Rebecca Contois and an unidentified women Indigenous leaders have named Buffalo Woman.

The Crown has said the killings were racially motivated and Skibicki preyed on the vulnerable Indigenous women at homeless shelters.

His lawyers have said he killed the women but argue he’s not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

The trial was also shown video of someone placing several bags in various garbage bins in Skibicki’s neighbourhood shortly before the partial remains of Contois were found.

Court has heard DNA from three of the victims as well as some of their clothing and jewelry were found in Skibicki’s apartment.

The judge-alone trial is scheduled to continue until June 6.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2024.

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