Murder trial enters third week
David Folker had several scratches on his body after his girlfriend disappeared.
Police discovered five of them while photographing Folker on July 27, 2010 — eight days after Ann Marie Shirran was last seen.
RNC photos, taken of David Folker shortly after his common-law wife Ann Marie Shirran disappeared in July 2010, show scratches on Folker’s head. The photos were shown in Folker’s murder trial Monday at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s.
— RNC photo
Jurors spent a shortened day of testimony Monday looking at the photos at Folker’s trial at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s.
They were taken by Const. Ron Simms, who took the stand to explain each of them.
Two scratches were spotted on Folker’s forehead, one on each side of his head. Scratches were also found on his arm, and one each on his legs. They were between one and three centimetres long.
At the time the photos were taken, Folker was claiming he didn’t know where Shirran was.
But he’s since admitted there was a physical altercation between them on July 18, 2010, and that she died as a result.
He made the admission during the opening days of his trial earlier this month.
Folker also conceded that after Shirran died, he disposed of her body and her personal items.
However, he’s maintaining his not-guilty pleas to charges of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead human body.
Shirran’s personal items were found in a wooded area near Blackhead Road by police, who had been trailing Folker and saw him walking in the area.
Shirran’s remains were found by campers in a wooded area of Cappahayden on the Southern Shore.
Const. Ken Milks, who also took the stand Monday, showed the jury various diagrams of the area in Cappahayden.
Shirran’s remains were located in the woods 72 metres from the main road, Milks said.
He showed the jury various diagrams of the area, with the spot Shirran’s remains were discovered marked with a pink box.
The jury was dismissed for the afternoon to allow lawyers time to discuss an evidentiary issue.
Justice Wayne Dymond told jurors the issue had to deal with numerous police photos.
The jury is expected back this morning as police testimony continues.