July 15th, 2024

CP NewsAlert: Judge finds admitted serial killer guilty of first-degree murder

By The Canadian Press on July 11, 2024.

Jeremy Skibicki is shown in this undated handout photo, taken by police while in custody, provided by the Court of King's Bench. A judge is scheduled to give his decision Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Skibicki, who admitted to killing four women in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Court of King's Bench *MANDATORY CREDIT*

WINNIPEG – A judge has found Jeremy Skibicki guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of four women in Winnipeg.

Defence lawyers had argued Skibicki should be found not criminally responsible and said he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the slayings in 2022.

But Crown prosecutors said he had the mental capacity and awareness to commit and cover up the killings.

The trial heard Skibicki targeted the women at homeless shelters, strangled or drowned them and disposed of their remains in garbage bins.

The case renewed calls for governments and organizations to address the ongoing issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

A first-degree murder verdict carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

More coming.

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