In an unexpected revelation at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s today, lawyers for accused murderer David Folker told the jury that Folker admits there was a physical altercation that resulted in the death of his girlfriend Ann Marie Shirran in July 2010.
David Folker. — Telegram file photo
And lawyers Jason Edwards and Scott Hurley said their client will explain to the court what happened on evening of July 18, 2010 that led up to the altercation.
They asked the jury to keep an open mind as the trial is continues.
The defence team also said Folker admits he took Shirran’s body to the woods south of Cappahayden on the southern shore and left it there. He also admits to hiding items in a wooded area near the intersection of Blackhead Road and Maddox Cove Road, and that he lied to police.
Justice Wayne Dymond is presiding over the trial.
On Tuesday, Crown prosecutors Lloyd Strickland and Iain Hollett outlined the Crown’s case against Folker.
Strickland said the overall evidence would prove Folker murdered his common-law wife, Shirran who was 32 at the time. He said the reason was that Shirran had planned to leave Folker and restrict access to their one-year-old son.
Folker faces charges of second-degree murder and improperly or indecently interfering with or performing an indignity to a human body.
Shirran disappeared July 18, 2010. Folker called police the next day to report she was missing.
On Sept. 2, 2010, campers found a human skull in the woods south of Cappahayden. When police arrived, more remains were found. The province's chief medical examiner, Simon Avis, determined Shirran was killed by blunt force to her head.