Legebokoff guilty of 1st-degree murder in deaths of 3 women, teen
Published Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:53PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:18PM EDT
Cody Legebokoff has been found guilty of killing four women, including a teenaged girl.
After two days of deliberation, the jury found Legebokoff guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jill Stuchenko, 35, Cynthia Maas, 35, Natasha Montgomery, 23, and 15-year-old Loren Leslie.
Legebokoff, 24, is one of Canada's youngest serial killers.
During the trial in Prince George, B.C., prosecutors described how DNA evidence linked Legebokoff to the victims. The court heard that Stuchenko, a mother of six, was found half buried in a gravel pit a few weeks after she went missing in 2009.
Prosecutors said an autopsy revealed she suffered multiple blows to the head, face and arms. Her DNA was found on blood stains in an apartment where Legebokoff once lived.
Maas died of blunt-force trauma to the head and was found about a month after she was last seen in the fall of 2010. Prosecutors said Maas's DNA was found on clothing in Legebokoff's truck as well as a pickaxe in his apartment.
Police finally caught Legebokoff on Nov. 27, 2010 -- the night 15-year-old Loren Leslie went missing.
She was seen meeting a man in a school playground. Later that night, police pulled Legebokoff over on a northern highway and saw blood on his chin, legs, shoes and on the floor of his truck. Leslie was found a short time later by a conservation officer in a gravel pit. An autopsy revealed she suffered blows to her head and was stabbed in the neck.
Legebokoff admitted he struck Leslie with a pipe wrench, but only after she attacked him. Legebokoff's lawyer, Jim Heller, spoke about Leslie's mental health issues in an attempt to have the jury find Legebokoff guilty of second-degree murder.
The Crown called 93 witnesses during the trial. Legebokoff testified in his own defence, admitting involvement with the deaths, but said other people were responsible for the murders. He testified that an unidentified drug dealer killed the three women and he only provided the murder weapons.
The body of 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery has not been found.
There is no word on whether Legebokoff will appeal the verdict.
With files from CTV Vancouver and The Canadian Press