For the first time in his own words, Skylar Prockner detailed in court what happened the afternoon he stabbed Hannah Leflar to death.
The teen killer was the Crown’s key witness as the adult sentencing hearing for his accomplice began at Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench Monday.
While Prockner claimed much of his memory from that day is “blurry”, he recalled the teen, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, standing in the door, and maybe even coming up from a “crouching” position.
To near silence in the court, but for the sobs of Janet Leflar, Hannah’s mother, he detailed how the only noise the 16-year-old made was “gargling from her own blood.”
He stopped only when her body was lifeless,
“I just assumed that that meant it was over.”
As this was happening, the agreed statement of facts, that were read at the start of the proceedings, documented that the teen stood at the door watching.
Prockner wanted him to wait in the truck or stay at the door, but when he turned around “he had followed.”
It is those details that the Crown is using to argue the teen should be sentenced as an adult and, in turn, have his name revealed.
“There’s certainly evidence to suggest that he had a hand in at least attempting to lure Hannah and make sure she’s alone,” Crown lawyer Chris White told reporters outside court. “We allege that he said some things to her that were indicative of greater involvement than just standing there.”
Under cross-examination, defence lawyer Greg Wilson maintained that it was Prockner alone that planned to murder Leflar that day and the teen tried to talk him out of it.
Prockner had sent a message to the teen the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, telling him “to bring a knife to school.”
There had been an early plan, dubbed “Project Zombify”, in October 2014, to hurt the teen that Leflar was dating.
Prockner did not recall the teen trying to persuade him to stop him.
“I wouldn’t have been listening.”
Leflar was found with nine stab wounds to the torso, a wound on her forearm and a fatal blow to the back of her head.
Court heard the two went through the unlocked side door of the Leflar home, and she moved towards her mother and stepfather’s bedroom, calling out Skylar’s name as he approached her.
She fell or tripped over something and that is when the stabbing began.
Earlier, court heard from a witness who was dating the teen at the time and who was also friends with Prockner.
It was her house they visited shortly after the murder and concocted a story to tell her about why Prockner had a wound on his hand.
At the time of the murder, the teen recalled being told ” there will be one less person at school.”
But nearly two years later, she told the Crown, he actually admitted to playing a part in Leflar’s death.
With the help of counselling, she claimed she has been able to recall more events.
Under cross-examination, she admitted her memory was “slightly vague” and that her memory closer to the murder was probably clearer than two years later.
The teens dated for nine months and corresponded by letter in the weeks after the murder. She admitted to, in some way, still having feelings for him.
A psychologist who has worked with the teen will take the stand Tuesday. The teen himself is also expected to take the stand.
For the Leflar family, it is an ongoing near three-year nightmare that is nearing its final chapter.
“Having to relive Hannah’s last days through the eyes of the person who actually killed her, I can’t imagine how horrible that is to hear,” White said.