The trial of a Nova Scotia native, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend in Newfoundland three years ago, started today with the judge’s address to the jury.
David Folker. — Telegram file photo
Judge Wayne Dymond of provincial Supreme Court in St. John’s stressed that David Folker (FOLK’-er) is presumed innocent unless the Crown proves his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Folker is also charged with interfering with or committing an indignity to a dead body.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Ann Marie Shirran, his girlfriend and mother of the couple’s young son, disappeared from their home in the Kilbride region of St. John’s in July 2010.
Campers found the 32-year-old woman’s remains in Cappahayden about 100 kilometres south of St. John’s seven weeks later.
Folker was released on bail in December 2010 on the condition he live with his mother in Nova Scotia.
He sat today in the prisoner’s box with his chin in his hand as his mother sat behind him.
The Crown is expected to outline its case against Folker in an opening statement later today.
(The Canadian Press)