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One of the teens who killed Hannah Leflar was “flat” and “disconnected” when he recounted the murder.
That is what was described by a doctoral psychologist on the second day of his adult sentencing hearing in Regina.
Dr. Danielle DeSorcy met with the teen in March 2017 for about 12-hours as part of a court-ordered assessment.
She described him as having “no emotion, no tears” when recalling Leflar’s final moments.
“It was as if he were reciting a story,” she said.
When DeSorcy asked why he did it and why he had played a role in the murder, the teen “didn’t know nor could he answer why he didn’t help.”
“My morals were gone that day,” the teen told DeSorcy.
The agreed statement of facts documented that the teen sent a series of texts on the morning after the murder:
- Friend: Is this about Hannah?
- Teen: Yeah it is she’s fucking dead
- Friend: You better not be shitting me
- Teen: I’m not fucking shitting you dude
- Teen: THEY NEED TO MAKE A DIABLO FOUR FUCKING RIGHTS THE WAY THIS ENDED OMG OMFG YES
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Asked what she thought of that text exchange, DeSorcy said that showed the teen was almost proud and excited by what happened.
“There was a revelry there. He used that language to impress the person he was texting.”
But DeSorcy explained he used different language and had a different attitude in another series of texts, sent at the same time, to a another person who expressed shock at the death.
DeSorcy maintained that illustrated he was “malleable”, that he would go to any length to show what he thought others might want.
The report reveals his father was surprised he had been involved in the murder, that he was “no trouble, he didn’t run with the wrong crowd.”
The teen was an average student who attended school and held down a job.
He came from a broken home and his mother, in particular, had almost abandoned the family and the teen was often in a caretaker role.
Asked by White what he felt about the criminal process, DeSorcy contended the teen recognized the crime was wrong but had expressed that it was unfair he was being held to the same standard as his accomplice Skylar Prockner.
DeSorcy added there were inconsistencies in what the teen said happened and what was documented in the statement of facts.
She told defence lawyer Greg Wilson that the teen had shown remorse, that he acknowledged what he had done.
Youth workers assigned to the teen at the Paul Dojack Youth Centre and a psychiatrist are expected witnesses as the sentencing hearing continues.
The Crown wants the teen sentenced as an adult. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder which would mean a life sentence, with no chance of parole for a minimum seven years.