SASKATOON — An Alberta man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his former Saskatchewan girlfriend.
Joseph (David) Caissie was charged five years after Carol King's body was found in 2011 hidden near an abandoned farmhouse north of Herschel, Sask.
An RCMP undercover investigation known as a Mr. Big sting operation led to Caissie's arrest.
Queen's Bench Justice Richard Danyliuk says evidence supported the Crown's contention that Caissie drove to King's home, waited outside, grabbed her when she came out to get her vehicle, tied her up and put her in the trunk.
The trial in Saskatoon heard that Caissie then drove to the abandoned farmhouse, stabbed King, put her body in the bushes and got rid of her vehicle and returned to Alberta.
During the police sting, Caissie took officers posing as criminals on a road trip and walked them through his plan to kill King and hide her body and vehicle.
The only defence witness — a hotel worker in Olds, Alta., — testified she was "100 per cent" sure that she twice saw Caissie at the business the same day King disappeared.
But under cross-examination, Anja Kuster testified that it was hard to be so certain about events seven years after the fact. (CKOM, CJWW, CTV Saskatoon)