There was a shocking turn of events Wednesday at the sentencing hearing for the teen killer of Hannah Leflar.
“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.
Justice Leann 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.
Following the break, Schwaan told the court it describe the outburst as a “surprising and blunt statement from the offender,” one that came after nearly two hours of “intense cross-examination.”
Schwann then called for an early lunch until the afternoon, when she suggested the cross-examination continued.
Prior to the teen’s admission, White spent the morning picking apart the version of events the teen had testified to on Tuesday.
The teen maintained he always believed that Skylar Prockner’s text on the morning of the murder – the one that read “Halloween happens today” – referred to the earlier plan of hurting Leflar’s then boyfriend.
But White dissected the text messages between the two which clearly showed the teen referring to “her,” as in Hannah.
In the pre-sentence report, the teen tells the psychologist, “I’m glad Hannah said no (to meeting me) because I would have been guilty of setting her up.”
When White highlighted this inconsistency, the teen replied, “You’re twisting my words.”
The teen then declared 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.
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.