An emotional day for Hannah Leflar’s family as the teen at the centre of her murder admitted Wednesday to wanting to do her harm.
The shocking turn of events came after nearly two hours of the teen being under what Justice Leann Schwann called “an intense cross-examination.”
“I want to concede all your points and at the time of the murder I wished death on Hannah Leflar,” he said before any questioning had begun, following a morning recess.
The courtroom was stunned into silence as the teen continued.
“I cannot sit here,” he tried to say before Crown lawyer Chris White stopped him.
Defence lawyer Greg Wilson was on his feet, unable to speak with his client as he remains a witness under cross-examination.
Schwann called for another break as Hannah Leflar’s mother Janet broke down in tears.
From there it was several moments of awkward silence broken only by Janet’s tears and the sound of the teen occasionally letting out a deep breath as he kept his head down.
Schwann then suggested an early lunch until the afternoon, when the cross-examination would continue.
On his return, the teen repeated the statement and then proceeded to admit to a number of lies about his version of events.
He knew they were going to Leflar’s house, he texted friends of his own volition and he didn’t try to talk his accomplice Skylar Prockner out of it.
“There’s so many lies, I started believing them myself,” he said.
On being pressed by White as to why he followed Prockner into the house, the teen admitted he looked forward to murdering his friend.
White got the teen to draw a diagram as to where he was standing when the murder happened and the teen’s claim that he didn’t know Prockner had a knife nor did he see any blood.
White asked the teen, “you were content to have a front row seat to her being killed,” the teen responded that he “was frozen.”
White suggested if the pre-sentence report and the psychological report are based on a false version of events, then their conclusions are…the teen finished his sentence with the word, “false.”
In conclusion, White asked the teen with no motive and no real reason to kill Leflar, “was it simply morbid curiosity”.
The teen replied that wasn’t the right term to use.
Before the teen’s outburst, he declared earlier in the morning that he had communicated with Prockner that day, not in text or Facebook message, but on an app called Text Plus.
This was the first time he had ever mentioned such communication, admitting to White, “I remembered it in the last week.”
The teen expressed surprise the messages weren’t included in the agreed statement of facts.
As the day wrapped up, his lawyer Greg Wilson tried to attempt some redirection by asking the teen what he feels about murder now and the impact it has on the victim, her family and the community.
“It’s possibly the worst thing you could do,” the teen replied.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February 2017.
Hannah Leflar was found stabbed to death in her north Regina home in January 2015.