Accused killer Kalen Schlatter testifies at Tess Richey’s murder trial

Accused killer Kalen Schlatter is scheduled to take the stand Monday at his ongoing trial for the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Tess Richey.

The Crown called their final witness on Friday almost five weeks after the trial began.

The jury has heard Richey, an aspiring flight attendant, was found strangled to death at the bottom of a stairwell in an alley off Church Street by her mother and a friend in November 2017, days after she was reported missing after a night out with a friend in the Gay Village.

At the time, Toronto police were sharply criticized for failing to investigate Richey’s disappearance properly.

The Crown argues Schlatter, 23, sexually assaulted and killed Richey after she refused to have sex with him. His semen was found on her pants.

The Crown’s case has including testimony from two undercover officers who spoke with Schlatter soon after his arrest, a jailhouse witness who testified Schlatter told him he strangled Richey, and surveillance videos that show Schlatter and Richey walking to the Church Street stairwell, and him walking out alone 45 minutes later.

Schlatter has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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