Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Confession by Man Charged in Alberta Triple Murder Case Not Admissible: Judge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Confession by Man Charged in Alberta Triple Murder Case Not Admissible: Judge

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Confession not admissible in triple-murder trial

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RED DEER, Alta. - A judge has ruled the recorded 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.

Earlier this week video recordings of Frank's interviews with RCMP were played in court as part of a hearing to determine their admissibility.

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.

Frank's lawyer, Andrea Urquhart, argued that her client's confession was made under oppressive conditions because investigators denied him bathroom breaks. …

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