Crown suggests David Folker attacked girlfriend from behind, killing her

Bonnie Belec
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A prosecutor suggested today that David Folker murdered his girlfriend because she was going to cut their year-old son out of his life.

David Folker, on trial for second-degree murder, sits in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's today. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Crown attorney Lloyd Strickland continued questioning Folker this morning during his second-degree murder trial at Newfoundland Supreme Court about how Ann Marie Shirran died.

Strickland suggested Folker wanted her dead.

“Killing her is exactly what you intended to do,” Strickland said.

“False,” Folker replied.

Strickland suggested Folker attacked Shirran from behind and struck her head so hard that he cracked her skull.

“False,” said Folker.

“If she didn’t leave you were going to make her leave,” said Strickland.

“False,” Folker said again.

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Strickland suggested on the night they fought, Shirran told Folker he wasn’t going to be part of their son’s life and that’s what led to the altercation.      

Folker said Shirran didn’t mention the custody of their child.

Folker is accused of killing Shirran in July 2010 and dumping her body in the woods in the town of Cappahayden on the Southern Shore. He led police, family and friends to believe she had left him and went through great lengths to back up that story.

Folker, who is from Nova Scotia,  is also charged with interfering with her dead body.

He has admitted the 32-year-old died as a result of an altercation on July 18, 2010 at their St. John’s apartment, but he says he never intended to kill her. He said she attacked him and he shoved her and she fell.

He says he didn’t call 911 because he was afraid he would be blamed and would lose his son. Instead, he said he wrapped Shirran’s body in blankets and dumped her in the woods.

Strickland pounced on the lies Folker told after he dumped Shirran’s body, saying he maintained the charade until after her remains were found in September.

He says Folker was methodical in covering up his lies and suggested that Plan A — the lie that she left him — was as much of a lie as Plan B — that if Shirran’s body was found and Folker was linked to her death, Folker would claim it was self-defence.

At that point the defence objected and there was a short recess.

When Folker’s questioning resumed, Strickland asked him if he felt in danger on the night he says Shirran attacked him.

“No,” he said.

Strickland asked if he felt in serious harm that night.

“No. Not serious harm,” he said.

The defence wrapped up its case with Folker’s testimony and it is expected that next week lawyers will present closing remarks to the jury followed by Justice Wayne Dymond’s charge to jurors. The jury is expected to be called back to court on Wednesday.

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Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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