Jeremy Skibicki Trial: Historical Approach to Online Testimony

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The definition of a serial killer, beheadings, trash collection dates and questions about DNA evidence were among Internet searches conducted on serial killer Jeremy Skibicki’s computer around the time he killed four women, the court heard. court on Tuesday.

This evidence, found on Skibicki’s computer as a result of a search warrant, was presented Tuesday in Manitoba Court of King’s Bench.

Riley Johansson, a criminal intelligence analyst with Winnipeg police, testified about what was found on Skibicki’s computer and in the admitted serial killer’s Facebook messages.

The defendant, 37, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the 2022 deaths of Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran and an unidentified woman whom Indigenous leaders have named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe. or Buffalo Woman.

He pleaded not guilty, but admitted to the murders. However, his defense argues that Skibicki should not be found criminally responsible for deaths due to mental disorders.

Around the time of the murders in March and May 2022, Johansson testified that numerous Internet searches were conducted from Skibicki’s computer about Winnipeg’s waste management, what time trash was picked up, along with questions about evidence of DNA and whether bleach would remove fingerprints.

The court also heard that a day after Myran was murdered on May 4, several searches were run from Skibicki’s computer, including “definition of a serial killer” and “Muslims behead people with knives.”

Johansson also testified about a photo of Skibicki holding a knife that was found on her computer and that had been uploaded at the time of Contois’ death. Johansson said there appeared to be a reddish stain on Skibicki’s hands, which was believed to be blood.

Facebook messages with ex-wife used as evidence in trial

In Facebook messages from Skibicki’s account, Johansson said the man spoke of his “sexual frustration” and “depraved sexual perversion” and told his ex-wife: “I have never felt so sexually destroyed.”

The court was told Skibicki sent Facebook messages to his wife on May 9, days after Myran’s murder, telling his ex-wife: “I could serve three life sentences.”

“I feel very ashamed for what I did before,” the messages said. “I just went down a dark path because I stopped caring about her.”

The court is expected to hear more testimony in the afternoon about more Facebook messages Skibicki is believed to have sent.

The Crown is expected to conclude its case on Wednesday.

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