Court is learning more about the role of the second person convicted of killing 16-year-old Hannah Leflar in January 2015.
Another teen, Skylar Prockner, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He was sentenced as an adult and will spend life in prison without parole for 10 years.
During Prockner’s sentencing, an agreed statement of facts showed how he devised a plan to kill Leflar after she broke up with him. There was also an earlier plan dubbed Project Zombify that would have seen him kill her new boyfriend.
But a new statement of facts shows how the second teen, who can’t be identified due to his age, was involved.
Leflar and the teen had been friends in mid to late 2014, spending time together occasionally and communicating via text messaging and social media. But they stopped hanging out in late fall and early winter 2014, apparently because Leflar wanted to spend more time with her current boyfriend.
Prockner divulged his plan to hurt, and even kill, Leflar to a handful of people, including the teen. Like the others, the teen believed Prockner “was merely ranting and raving, or blowing off steam,” according to the agreed statement of facts.
The teen was also involved in Project Zombify. He was tasked with luring Leflar and her boyfriend to an isolated spot on Halloween 2014, where Prockner and his friends would kill the boyfriend. Both statements of facts revealed Leflar could have been collateral damage in the plan.
Despite Prockner gathering baseball bats, knives and masks, Prockner called off Project Zombify, as Leflar ended her relationship with her boyfriend.
Prockner also included the second teen in his plans to kill Leflar in January 2015, after he discovered – via a dummy Facebook account he created to view Leflar’s Facebook profile – that Leflar was happy with someone else.
He messaged the second teen just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 12. It wasn’t until around 9:10 a.m. that the two discussed the plan to kill Leflar. Prockner instructed the teen what to say to her:
- Prockner: I just need you to tell her this and nothing else so remember it. “I need to talk to you about important things after school it wont take long just leave your door unlocked I’ll show up a few mins after you” remember that
- Teen: Who am I telling
- Prockner: There’s only one girl
- Prockner: Halloween happens today
- Teen: Why?
- Prockner: Don’t question it you aren’t doing anything just tell her that and go home
- Prockner then asked for another friend’s phone number, but the second teen said he had no idea.
- Teen: That’s fine im sure I can do this alone unless you do wanna come if you have work I can take you there this will only take 10 mins max if you wanna come do it I’ll fill you in more when I come to get you.
- Teen: You know I’m in
- Teen: I’ll tell her in person today
Prockner: Chances are you’ll be sitting in the truck making sure no one shows up within those few mins but I’m gonna need you if her boyfriend comes with her when you do.
Prockner: Well there’s one reason why its happening today because we couldn’t do it before this
That reason was Prockner wanted Leflar alone, or with the second teen. When Prockner sent the message, “Halloween happens today,” he was referencing to Project Zombify, only this time it was a plan to kill Leflar.
According to the statement of facts, the teen was also texting his girlfriend, cancelling plans to celebrate their six-month anniversary.
- Teen: Don’t be sad baby and I need to do something with Skylar today then I’ll come over if I don’t need to be at home
- Girlfriend: How long will you be with Skylar
- Girlfriend: What are you guys doing
- Teen: I will Skylar said when I’m done helping him he’ll drop me off
- Teen: Hehe im kinda worried about what it is though it seemed like he needed it done urgently
- Girlfriend: Ask him about it babe
- Teen: he wont tell me
- Girlfriend: ask him if its bad
- Teen: He won’t tell me any details and I think we’re just doin something stupid
- Girlfriend: I feel like he killed someone
- Teen: gahaha no he would ask for my help if he did
The teen then facilitated a meeting with Leflar through one of her friends. They met in a classroom at Thom Collegiate over the lunch hour.
The request confused Leflar, as the two hadn’t communicated much. But she went with the friend to meet the teen. She spoke with him for roughly five minutes before leaving the conversation visibly confused.
Leflar told her friend the teen wanted to hang out with her at her house after school – just the two of them. Leflar told her friend she didn’t want to spend time with him and that’s what she told the teen, as well. Leflar indicated it was strange and suspicious, given the current state of their friendship.
Leflar then messaged her boyfriend, telling him the teen wanted to hang out. In the message, she wrote it was “random for him to ask me to hang out (when) we haven’t actually talked in a while… so no thanks” and “there’s something sketchy about it I don’t trust him…”
The teen finished school roughly 20 minutes earlier than Leflar. Prockner picked him up around 2:50 p.m. Surveillance video showed the teen leaving school with a backpack over his shoulder, running to Prockner’s father’s truck. The statement of fact indicates the teen asked Prockner what the plan was. Prockner told him they were going to kill Leflar.
The teen did not try to warn Leflar or tell anyone else what was about happen.
The two drove the eight or so blocks to Leflar’s home, hiding in the truck until sometime between 3:30 and 3:40 p.m. However, passersby spotted the pair, describing the teen as being “animated” while Prockner was slouched down in the driver’s seat.
Leflar reportedly arrived home between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. As she approached the side door, the two soon-to-be killers exited the truck and walked up to the house.
Prockner entered the home first and proceeded to chase Leflar down the hallway to her mother and stepfather’s bedroom, where he’d stab her to death. The teen was within a few feet of both the attacker and the victim, doing nothing to stop Prockner or call for help.
“At any point during the attack, the Youth could have intervened, but chose not to,” the agreed statement of facts reads.
“At bare minimum, the Youth’s attendance into the house, and presence in the bedroom while Hannah was being murdered acted to aid and abet Prockner in the killing. He knew what was going to happen and his presence at the scene was more than just as an onlooker. His presence encouraged Prockner to commit the murder.”
After the attack
Prockner and the second teen left with Leflar’s cellphone and the murder weapon, enroute to the home of the teen’s girlfriend. During the drive, the two discussed how they could explain their whereabouts, as well as an explanation to an injury Prockner received to his hand during the assault on Leflar.
Prockner concocted a story about injuring his hand while hunting and gutting a bird.
They arrived at the teen’s girlfriend’s home just after 3:45 p.m. The statement of fact said the girl was surprised to see them, but let them in the home. She’d then call her mother at work, asking for help with Prockner’s injury.
Meanwhile, Prockner asked the teen to smash Leflar’s phone. The teen complied, walking down the block and smashing the phone against the cement.
The mother would end up taking Prockner to the hospital for treatment. The same story about the injury would also be told to Prockner’s father.
While at the hospital, the other teen texted another friend about what happened.
- Teen: Project Zombify done
- Teen: Halloween is complete
- Friend: explain more tomorrow, in person
The teen also reached out to his brother, telling him he was at the hospital with Prockner following the so-called hunting accident.
While at the hospital, roughly 100 minutes after Leflar was killed in her home, the teen would also take a selfie with Prockner. The photo shows Prockner holding up his bandaged hand while the teen stared straight ahead.
The teen would then be picked up by his girlfriend’s mother, who took him back to her home to celebrate his anniversary with her daughter. Alone in his girlfriend’s room, the teen would reveal to his girlfriend what happened to Leflar.
The girlfriend would not reveal this information to police until November 2016, for reasons still unclear according to the statement of facts.
The teen would then go with Prockner and his younger brother to the McDonalds on Dewdney Avenue and Albert Street. They then drove into a nearby alley, where Prockner asked the teen to dispose of the murder weapon and the case for Leflar’s phone. The teen complied, dumping the items into a dumpster. But then Prockner changed his mind and asked the teen to retrieve the items from the dumpster. The teen could only find the murder weapon, which would later be hidden on an abandoned farmyard.
The teen was then dropped off at his grandparent’s home.
“My friend is dead”
The teen went to school the next day like nothing happened, even texting a friend, expressing confusion about Leflar’s death.
“Hey, sorry I wont make it there in time but I heard and like what the fuc (sic),” he wrote.
That wouldn’t be the only text message he sent about the situation.
- Teen: FUCK FUCK FUCK
- Friend: What
- Teen: My friend is dead
- Friend: Oh my god what
- Teen: Yeap I’m about to get questioned to yay fuckin me
However, while talking to his brother on Facebook messenger, the teen had a different tone.
- Teen: you need to get to THOM
- Brother: Is this about Hannah?
- Teen: Yeah it is she’s fucking dead
- Brother: You better not be shitting me
- Teen: Im not fucking shitting you dude
- Teen: THEY NEED TO MAKE A DIABLO FOUR FUCKING RIGHTS THE WAY THIS ENDED OMG OMFG YES
Diablo Four references a video game.
The teen would delete all his conversations with Prockner from his home. Police weren’t able to access the contents until January 2017.
The teen continued to date his girlfriend, even after his arrest. They wrote letters to each other, discussing Leflar’s murder and the teen’s feelings about it. They’d later break up in the summer of 2015.
The teen is currently being housed in the Paul Dojack Youth Centre.
Editor’s note: The text messages have been written exactly as they appear in the agreed statement of facts provided by court.